Since joining Tottenham from Southampton in 2014, Mauricio Pochettino has risen to be one of the most respected managers in the Premier League and the world. But with a lot of praise, comes a lot of uncertainty about his future.
In his first season at White Hart Lane, the Argentinian led Tottenham to a fifth-place finish, before a third place, a second place, and another third place finish in successive seasons. They were very competitive in the 2015/16 and the 2016/17 seasons, pushing champions Leicester and Chelsea all the way. However, what still looms over him is the fact that he has never won a trophy while in north London.
Pochettino’s failure to amass any silverware could be the reason he is still with The Lilywhites, amongst plenty of interest of some of Europe’s biggest clubs. Real Madrid, PSG, and Man United have all been linked with the 46-year-old, but his failure to get his side over the line in crunch games could be what has held him back so far.
Tottenham have lost just four competitive games in 2018, which by most managers’ standards is a very good return. However, two of those losses came in perhaps their two biggest games this season; an FA Cup semi-final loss to Man United and a Champions League Round of 16 loss to Juventus, both at Wembley, and both games they could have won.
Until Pochettino wins that elusive trophy, it appears that he will stay with Tottenham, as he still hasn’t proved that he is a manager for the big games. With each season offering promise to fans, the club has just fallen short, and that must haunt Pochettino.
However, regardless of trophies won or not, the former Espanyol player has built one of the most formidable sides in the Premier League, playing a pleasing style, and developing many youngsters into the league’s best. It’s for this reason that he may stay as boss of Tottenham for the foreseeable future. There is no point leaving something that you have built over time.
In May this year, Pochettino signed a new 5-year contract, and although that doesn’t stop any club making a move for him, it still outlines his intentions to stay at the club for the long-haul. But he may have been disappointed with Tottenham’s transfer policy this summer, and it is incidents like these that can cause rifts between managers and chairmen. Daniel Levy will definitely not want to upset his manager as there are very few he could replace him with, and not backing him and losing him as a result would be the biggest mistake of his entire reign at Spurs.
Pochettino’s Tottenham are on an upwards trajectory. They’ve gone from consistent top ten finishes to challengers for the Premier League title. However, he has nothing to show for his success so far. When he does, it may be harder to keep hold of him. But then again, there’s no reason why he doesn’t stay and watch the team he developed prosper.