Pochettino Under Threat
Jose Mourinho is keeping a close eye on the situation at Tottenham Hotspur as he seeks a way back into the Premier League almost a year after he was sacked by Manchester United.
Spurs followed up last week’s 7-2 home defeat by Bayern Munich with a 3-0 loss at Brighton and Hove Albion at the weekend. It has led to talk of a crisis at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium with the future of manager Mauricio Pochettino now up in the air.
Mourinho was sacked by United in December of last year little more than six months than he led the side to a second place finish in the Premier League – a feat he now describes as his greatest achievement as a manger.
The Portugese has been out of work since losing his job at Old Trafford. He turned down offers from Benfica and Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande, saying: He said: “I have to be patient and wait for the right opportunity and the right opportunity is one that is at the same size and the same level that I am as a manager. I have to wait for the exact right one.”
That rules out most clubs with only members of Europe’s elite as likely candidates. Tottenham are one of those clubs, Real Madrid another although some at the Bernabeu have sore memories of Mourinho’s previous tenure from 2010 to 2013. There were reports of a schism in the dressing room with Portugese speakers on one side and the rest on the other. He was sacked after three seasons winning one La Liga title and one Copa del Rey.
That Pochettino remains in place halfway through the first week of the international break suggests Spurs have no plans to sack him at the moment.
The Argentine cut a defiant figure after the Brighton result saying:
“We need to find a way to stay together and be all together again and find a good dynamic.”
However, Spurs are down to ninth place in the Premier League table having won only as many games – three – as they have lost.