Next season was potentially looking pretty worrying for Tottenham fans, wasn’t it? Just as they were moving into their new stadium, their team as strong as ever, they could have lost the man who’d made it all possible. But now things now look a little more assured, for the moment at least.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seems to have all but cemented his position as Manchester United’s permanent manager, which has been well deserved considering his form, so that looming option for Mauricio Pochettino is seemingly out. Real Madrid’s bizarre reinstatement of Zinedine Zidane has also meant the Spurs boss may not be required there either.
It’s clear what Pochettino has done at Spurs has been impressive, despite the team not winning a trophy during his tenure. His ability to promote youth and integrate them with world-class talent to create a coherent squad on a low budget is certainly something to be admired. He’s a coach who improves players, and that fits the bill at Manchester United, in particular.
Now the Madrid and United positions appear to be filled, there won’t be as much speculation around his future. In the short term, this allows Spurs to concentrate on the top four battle they’ve now been dragged into after their recent poor form. The squad and, most importantly, the manager don’t need any outside distractions as the final few months rumble on.
If it’s clear Pochettino will stay next season, it could persuade the club’s top stars like Christian Eriksen to stay for another season too. It’d be understandable if the manager and these players left this summer, so if they all agree to stay together for another year it could work out to be a massive season for the club.
Spurs have been very fortunate for United and Madrid to have seemingly sorted their managers’ spots before looking towards their man, but Pochettino won’t stay there forever and next season, if he stays that long, could be the last chance for them to achieve Champions League and Premier League glory for a long time.
Daniel Levy’s got lucky, now it’s time to make his own luck.
Spurs fans, what do you think your club can achieve if Pochettino, Erikson and Kane stay another season? Join the discussion by commenting below.