Tottenham supporters have been significantly more upbeat in recent times after seeing their side end a troubling run of form with two victories this week.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men went into their clash with Brighton in the Premier League on Saturday having lost each of their previous three matches in all competitions, going down to Liverpool and Watford in the league alongside a 2-1 loss at the hands of Inter Milan in the Champions League. Yet the North Londoners won 2-1 at the AMEX Stadium last weekend to end that testing run, before backing that up with victory over Watford in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night, getting past the Hornets on penalties at the stadium:mk.
Thus, there have been many thrilled Spurs fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom are likely to be looking ahead to their side’s clash with Huddersfield Town this weekend, which represents an opportunity to build further momentum after an encouraging week.
And while manager Pochettino has come in for criticism from some supporters in recent weeks, especially during that three-game losing streak, the Argentine has on the whole done a tremendous job at Tottenham, and as such will be big boots to fill when he does indeed leave the club.
Spurs fans will likely not be contemplating what the future does hold after Pochettino, given the fine work he has done at their club, but there does appear to be only one man who chairman Daniel Levy should turn to after the 46-year-old, namely Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe.
The 40-year-old spent the vast majority of his playing career on the South Coast in turning out over 350 times for the Cherries in two separate spells, before taking over the club as manager at the end of 2008 while they were languishing in the fourth tier of English football.
And but for a short stint at Burnley between 2011 and 2012, Howe has done a sensational job in taking Bournemouth from the lower echelons of the Football League to becoming an established Premier League side – their three top tier campaigns have yielded finishes of 16th, ninth, and 12th.
But it’s just not the fairy-tale in leading a side that were close to dropping out of the Football League to the Premier League that has earned Howe many rave reviews in recent years, but it’s the way he has Bournemouth playing which has been enjoyed by many.
Like Wolves this season, Howe’s Cherries aren’t afraid of playing their own game in the top-flight against any opposition – they have never been the best side defensively, but going forward they can cause real problems for any team in the league.
As such, the 40-year-old has enhanced his reputation greatly in recent times to be loosely linked with the Arsenal and Everton jobs over the summer, and he’s certainly a man Spurs should be keeping an eye on for when the time comes to succeed Pochettino.
Clearly, Howe has done more than enough during his time at Bournemouth to be in the conversation for some of the top jobs in the country, and like Pochettino, he is a young, progressive manager, whose Cherries team play a similar brand of attacking football to that of Pochettino’s Spurs – he’d be an ideal replacement.
Thus, while Tottenham fans may not be thinking just yet about Pochettino’s successor, there does appear to be only one man for the job, namely Bournemouth’s Howe.
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