It looked likely to be a brilliant summer for Tottenham Hotspur, when they completed the signing of a potential world-class midfielder in Tanguy Ndombele. Yet speaking before the recent Audi Cup victory over Bayern Munich on penalties, Mauricio Pochettino seemed to lose his cool when being pressed about transfer activity.
His response that the club should change his job title to coach, coupled with the statement that he is no longer in control of transfers could be alarming to some. There was a quick response by the Spurs faithful as they backed their manager, and #LevyOut began trending on Twitter.
Levy has taken the club to a new stratosphere over recent seasons, as Spurs now have a consistent place in the Champions League and he also paid for the overhaul in the academy facilities. But, there were pressing questions that came off the back of that Pochettino press conference.
The Argentine seemed to have been frustrated with the current set up at the club. It’s clear that he wants more new players brought into the club, so Spurs are able to bridge the gap at the top of the Premier League. It also just could have been frustration at the question being asked. Managers are posed with transfer questions throughout the summer months, so it wouldn’t be hard to believe that he has just got annoyed with the constant asking of the same things.
This isn’t the first time that Pochettino has unleashed on the club and that’s why it was worrying for fans. It was expected that he could have been in the running for the managerial jobs at Real Madrid and Manchester United before they later appointed somebody else. Spurs haven’t yet been really pushed over Pochettino, but that could change this season if things don’t go right at Old Trafford or the Bernabeu, which seems likely on both counts.
The 2019-20 season could be the year when we finally see the end of the Pochettino era, as it remains up for debate whether he would stick with Spurs if one of the prior mentioned clubs required his services. Not only that, but the 2019-20 Premier League season will see Spurs meet a crossroads when they are finally expected to take that leap to the next level. You can place a bet on on Tottenham winning the Premier League at 14/1 with Novibet.
TalkSport had a debate following the penalty shootout victory in the Audi Cup, where they put to fans the question of whether Jose Mourinho would be a good fit at Spurs if Pochettino would leave.
That is a prospect that would send shivers up the backs of many Tottenham fans. Pochettino has been at Spurs for so long that it’s easy to forget the way that the club used to lurch from manager to manager, with varying degrees of success. Pochettino is quite possibly the best that Tottenham have had since Bill Nicholson. Certainly since Keith Burkinshaw.
And yet the chairman risks irking Pochettino to the point of losing the manager, due to the lack of transfer activity. With the summer transfer window closing on Thursday, Levy has precious little time left to appease him.