Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Pochettino to Spurs - Pros, Cons and Review:

Intriguing: Pochettino has joined Spurs on a 5-year contract deal, to become their new manager
Hello again everyone and welcome to my latest blog post, where I will be reviewing both the positives and negatives of a new managerial appointment in the EPL which was confirmed on Tuesday evening. 

Spurs have confirmed to the media that they have signed a five-year contract deal with Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino, who will therefore become their boss from the start of next season as they look to qualify for the Champions League and win some silverware in the upcoming years. 

Pochettino will earn an estimated £3.5million pounds-a-year as part of his contract. 

Chairman Daniel Levy said that his work with young English players at Southampton was key to the choice of appointing him.

Levy said: "We have a man who knows the right balance between experienced and youth - in the new world of financial fair play, that's very important. Now the hard work starts," he told Sky Sports.

Meanwhile Pochettino had this to say: "This is a club with tremendous history and prestige and I'm honoured to have been giving this opportunity. There is an abundance of top-class talent and I can't wait to start work."

It is certainly a signal of intent from Tottenham, who are desperate for silverware and a chance to challenge at the top of the table in the title battle; which has eluded them in recent years. This season just gone has to have been seen as a failure for the club, based on the vast amount of money that was spent in the transfer window, which was not spent properly. 

Here are the positives and negatives of Pochettino's arrival:
  • He will be under increasing pressure to succeed, and win the club their first trophy since Juande Ramos against Chelsea in 2008
  • He will be expected to meet targets, which may be un-realistic based on what he has achieved in the last 18 months with Southampton
  • He does speak English in public, which is a boost for the English-speaking players for Spurs who would otherwise have communication problems
  • He could be expected to try and attempt to sign players from his former club Southampton, like Clyne, Rodriguez and Schneiderlin - which could cause controversy and also help Spurs in the long-run
  • Tottenham as a club have started to get a negative reputation with managers, if they do not perform well in their first season then they are generally expected to get fired - Pochettino could have the same fate unless he gets the players' backing quickly and gets them playing good football
  • FACT: Pochettino has become Tottenham's tenth manager in the space of 13 years. Will he be a success though?
  • He has done well to help nurture the likes of Shaw, Ward-Prowse and Chambers for Southampton, so will be expected to emulate this for the London club and get the best out of players such as Lamela and Soldado who have not exactly hit the ground running as it were
  • This move could make him an even more successful manager though; playing well in the Europa League and a top 4 finish would be great for him next season
Personally I like Pochettino as a manager because he is under-rated, he gets the job done well and frankly Tottenham fans have every right to be excited by his appointment. At Southampton, he was given time to prove himself to the media, and he had no problems there. 

It is thought that he left Southampton because the club could not admit that Lallana and Shaw would stay at the club, despite being hard to keep them, the duo are prized assets and would benefit from staying at The Saints to develop.

Hopefully Southampton continue to strengthen, even if their key players end up leaving the club in the summer - it would be a shame to see the side decline despite having so much potential. Former Swansea manager Michael Laudrup and former England manager Steve McClaren are among the early favourites to join the Saints. 

His appointment back in 2012 was beneficial because he was taking over a side who were visibly confused and upset over the sacking of Nigel Adkins; he solidified the team and got them playing attractive football while having a solid back-four and clinical strikers. Hopefully he can do the same at Spurs, to prove that he is just not lucky, but in-fact skilled. 

The question remains whether or not he will get given time and patience, as taking a step up always warrants time - it's just a shame that he is leaving Southampton despite having unfinished business. Good luck Pochettino, hopefully he does well.