It was inevitable wasn't it, Tottenham give Pochettino a stage to show he has the makings of a top-flight manager for years to come and stories start of clubs taking an interest in him. Manchester United is the current press favourite.
If you want mu opinion, and of course you do (lol), Pochettino is a loyal man. You'll argue that of course and quote his record, but if you look at his managerial career it has a beginning, then a vision was sold to him of Southampton winning the Premier League which fell apart when the chairman left. He failed to receive assurances and so left to join us with the goal of building the club and the team to win trophies consistently and to win the Premier League.
The key word there is consistently, not a one-off victory but sustainable success. He has embarked upon a project and isn't simply going to jump ship because Man United come calling. At the moment you could argue that that would be a step down, they are below us in the league despite two and a half time our income.
The reaction of Man U fan to the Mirror story shows how highly rival clubs supporters rate the job he is doing at Tottenham, yet some of our own fans still complain, there is no pleasing some people.
Pochettino is happy at Spurs, he has created a happy environment where players know where they stand. He remains loyal to a winning side, gives players a chance and expects them to take it. If they don't that is down to them, a successful side is ruthless, you perform straight away or you are out and have to wait for another chance. Perform and age is immaterial, that is the kind of boost you the players don't get elsewhere.
At Tottenham he has found a club where he could be here for the next 10 years, that is perfectly possible. I think it is a certainty, and have done since he was appointed, that he will be here after the Stadium is built, he is a part of that project.
The football and the stadium go hand-in-hand. With a stadium to be built the club needed a manager who would be here building a side while still challenging, Pochettino is showing he is the right man to do that job. All the talk of he'll be gone in 6 months, 1 year, 18 months simply demonstrated a lack of understanding of what Daniel Levy wanted.
It was obvious he was searching for a man to fulfil a strategy and you only really know if someone is capable of achieving what you want when they are actually doing the job, common sense tells us that much.
There are some managers who want to finish what they start, Pochettino is, I feel, one of those managers and will be with us for the long haul.
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