The dust is starting to settle after Tottenham’s Champions League final defeat to Liverpool. Yes, of course, it was a painful loss, made more so by the controversial penalty given in the first 30 seconds of the match. However, the situation regarding the future of Mauricio Pochettino hasn’t really changed, has it?
Regardless of the result, Pochettino had exhausted every last ounce of his squad. Just reaching the final was a phenomenal achievement, something that may never again be replicated. In terms of the future, the result was almost unimportant, as daft as that may seem.
With a win, Pochettino would rightfully argue that he can do no more with the current system in place. With the loss, Pochettino can now argue that Tottenham are not at the required level to win, and won’t be with the current system. Prior to the result, one thing was clear – a change would be needed to keep Tottenham’s main man. But perhaps Pochettino is looking for more than we first anticipated.
Football.London have reported that Tottenham are to hand Pochettino the finances needed to rebuild his squad in preparation for next season. However, they added that the Argentinian will need to be convinced that the club will continue to push on in the long-term, rather than a one-off ‘gesture’ this summer.
This is a crucial factor for the Tottenham manager, who has emphasised the need for a clear plan now that Tottenham have reached the elite level in European football. They now have training facilities of the highest quality, a stadium to match any and now the attention from the rest of Europe. The infrastructure is set and Tottenham can really push on. With backing from the board, anything is possible. But without, it could all unravel.
This summer, therefore, represents one of the most important periods in the history of the club. According to BBC Sport, Tottenham has already lodged a £53m bid for midfielder Giovani Lo Celso, a real sign of intent. They are also reportedly interested in bringing Tanguy Ndombele to the club, another transfer that would shatter the current transfer structure (as per Le10Sport).
Obviously, it remains to be seen whether any of these will actually come off, but it’s positive signs so far.
While the likes of Ndombele and Lo Celso would be quality incomings, the most important thing for Tottenham’s progression is that their manager stays. Arguably none of the success they have experienced would have been possible without the phenomenal Pochettino. It truly would be a disaster if he were to leave.
It’s up to you, Daniel Levy. Keep him and build on this era, lose him and risk it fading into the past.
Tottenham fans, what do you think? Will Levy back Pochettino this summer? How would it impact the club should the Argentinian leave? Comment below…Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!