Paul Merson has suggested on The Debate (broadcast on Sky Sports; 11/11; 22:40) that Tottenham Hotspur need to consider targeting Brendan Rodgers should they need to find a replacement for Mauricio Pochettino in the future.
Spurs continue to struggle to really get going this season. They have not won a Premier League game since September. Their two games against Red Star Belgrade have provided their only victories in their last eight fixtures in all competitions.
Similarly, Arsenal’s season is also failing to ignite. The Gunners have not won any of their last five games in all competitions.
And with Leicester City second in the table, Merson suggested that he could see both clubs targeting their manager in the future – though he was adamant that Tottenham should keep faith with Pochettino.
“I think Arsenal or Tottenham. I wouldn’t get rid of Pochettino, don’t get me wrong. I think he’s different class. But I think them two teams would be looking at him,” he told The Debate when asked about Rodgers.
“For me, if you’re going to bring Brendan Rodgers in, what he’s done at the teams he’s been at, you give him a six-year plan and let him do what he wants to do.”
Rodgers does appear to have worked wonders with the Foxes. And with Leicester now ahead of both North London clubs, as well as the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea, Rodgers’s abilities appear to be being taken a lot more seriously.
As Merson notes, Tottenham should not make a rash decision. Pochettino is also one of the best and whoever follows him is going to have an incredibly tough job.
But if he does move on in the future, perhaps Rodgers will almost definitely have to be a name that Daniel Levy considers.