Mauricio Pochettino has categorically ruled out speculation that he is about to quit Tottenham at the end of this weekend – especially if the club lose against Arsenal in the North London derby. The big match of the weekend is undoubtedly the clash at the Emirates Stadium between these two huge rivals.
Spurs have made a mediocre start of the campaign, and Pochettino has become the surprise candidate amongst bookmakers to become the first Premier League boss to lose his job. The rumour has been so intense that several bookmakers have even stopped taking bets on Pochettino leaving Spurs. The manager, though, clarified to the BBC that he does not intend to walk away. He said:
“What can I say about a stupid rumour? I will not walk away after Sunday’s game. I will be working Monday and Tuesday and then going away for a few days and coming back to meet Daniel [Levy] and watch some internationals.”
Pochettino has been at Spurs since 2014. The former Espanyol defender has been able to get Champions League football on a consistent basis to North London. He has been able to work wonders even when on a tight budget, but it certainly does not take long to show the effects of a small budget.
Even though we have brought in Tanguy Ndombele for a club record, there has been disappointment with regards to attracting Paulo Dybala. Furthermore, the prospect of keeping Christian Eriksen is diminishing with every passing day. The Danish international is very crucial to Spurs but he is out of contract next summer. There is still a strong likelihood that he could leave the club before September 2, when the transfer window closes for the European clubs.
It is not the first time Pochettino has been linked with a move away from Spurs, but there is a growing feeling that the former Espanyol was has been able to get the club to its maximum under his management. The frustration has been building for quite a while with regards to the transfer and wage budget. Even though the club have not been making quickfire decisions and planning for the long-term, Pochettino is clearly attracted by the choices opening up for him.
Even though Spurs went into the summer with a lot of energy, Daniel Levy has been unable to build on the same. The mediocre start to the campaign once again raises questions about Levy’s aim to make profits out of the transfer window rather than make substantial inroads into catching the likes of Manchester City and Liverpool. Even last season, Spurs had an inferior squad strength compared to the top two teams in the league and it undoubtedly played a role in us losing out in the title race.
The defeat against Newcastle may have come as a major surprise, but there is a large potential of Arsenal inflicting a second consecutive Premier League loss upon Spurs. This would be deeply damaging to the club’s morale, which is already shaken with the team sitting seventh in the table. Yes, it is very early days in the campaign but the uncertainty surrounding the manager and players continues to grow. The good work done by the club over the last five years should not be undone in just one summer.