The Telegraph has claimed that Mauricio Pochettino is in danger of losing his job at Tottenham Hotspur and the London derby against rivals West Ham United could see the Argentine’s five-year spell come to an end.
It has been a dismal start to the campaign for Pochettino who was finally allowed to spend big in the summer, splashing around £100million on Giovani Lo Celso, Tanguy Ndombele, Ryan Sessegnon and Jack Clarke.
With pre-season hopes of a title challenge after reaching last season’s Champions League final, Spurs have won just three of their 12 Premier League matches this season. They failed to beat newly-promoted Sheffield United at home on Saturday.
Now, Daniel Levy is said to be losing patience with the Argentine, who has been criticised for constantly changing his side and picking the likes of Christian Eriksen – who is bang out of form. The West Ham clash on November 23 is deemed make or break.
TBR’s view – Harsh on Poch? Or time for change at Spurs?
Pochettino has been a wonderful servant to Tottenham, ignoring links with Spain’s two big clubs and even a tenuous link with Bayern Munich to concentrate on the job in hand at Spurs. But there are signs it has gone stale.
Premier League title challenges failed to produce silverware, while a Champions League final that ended in failure has demoralised and hurt this Tottenham side. Those demons still haunt the Spurs players – a new stadium could not help.
Pochettino has become desperate. His tactics and substitutions have been strange at times, and some could suggest that he is hoping to find luck rather than trust the formula. Perhaps it is time for a fresh face in the dugout.