How long will Levy give Pochettino to prove his worth…?
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Tottenham have announced Argentine Mauricio Pochettino as their new manager, following the sacking of Tim Sherwood at the end of last season.
Here’s what the CaughtOffside team makes of the appointment…
Have Spurs made the right decision to appoint Mauricio Pochettino manager?
I think it was probably harsh to sack Tim Sherwood in the first place, but once the Englishman had gone, Pochettino seemed like his natural and obvious successor.
In short, no. One solid season at Southampton is not enough to suggest he has it within him to secure a top four finish.
Despite not having much experience in English football, something feels right about Pochettino’s appointment. There’s a problem in the Premier League that if a manager/player has not had experience, they’re often dismissed. He’s good enough for the job.
The club seemingly decided to sack Tim Sherwood a long time ago, so they have had plenty of time to decide who would be a suitable replacement.
There is no doubting that Pochettino is a talented boss, but only time will tell whether he was the correct appointment.
Absolutely, easily the right man for this historically tough job.
Yes. Pochettino is young, hungry and has done extremely well at Southampton playing a modern brand of football.
What will he bring to Tottenham?
A possession brand of football that will delight fans if it works, and frustrate them if it doesn’t. (Think Brendan Rodgers’ first season at Liverpool…)
Probably a couple of Southampton players.
Some much needed attacking flair, with Spurs seemingly incapable of being able to utilise the talent they have at the club in the final third. Plus, Erik Lamela could turn out to be a £30m player after all under Pochettino.
He has already promised to deliver attractive and attacking football. Judging by Southampton’s style of play this season and the players available to him at White Hart Lane, he will surely deliver just that.
Organisation, tactical nous and a proven ability to get the best out of whatever players he is given to work with, but especially youngsters, which is what most appealed about the Argentinean to chairman Daniel Levy.
At Southampton, Pochettino showed strong proactive tactics. The high intensity pressing game he brought in naturally required immense stamina and fitness, but also needed the squad to be exceptionally well drilled in their respective roles and positions in and out of possession.
Pochettino improves players – as the international selections of Luke Shaw, Morgan Schneiderlin, Adam Lallana, Jay Rodriguez and Rickie Lambert illustrate.
Spurs fans can expect all of the above.
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