To say I’m devastated right now would be an understatement. Spurs have fired long-time manager, Mauricio Pochettino. After a difficult 2019, Tottenham seems to be in a spiral. Reports claim Poch has lost the dressing room. They have dropped an insane number of points this season, struggled against inferior competition, and sit in the bottom half of the table for the first time, at this stage of the season, in Pochettino’s tenure.
It hurts. This man has epitomized everything I love about this club. He changed our style of play, pressing better than almost any team not managed by Jurgen Klopp in the past 6 years. Young players, who may not have gotten an opportunity otherwise, found their footing and proved to be world class. He put a focus on youth, speed, and hard work. Once players had time to adapt, they were one of the toughest teams to play against in Europe.
But I guess it comes down to Silverware. Under Pochettino, Spurs never quite got that elusive trophy. They made a small handful of semi-finals, made the league cup final a couple years ago and Champions League final this past year. That hump proved to be too high, however, and now we’re left wondering what’s going to happen next.
My biggest fear? Jose Mourinho. First off, I have an insane amount of disdain for this man. That aside, I still don’t think he’s the correct choice for this club. I can’t watch players with this kind of talent park the bus. It’s going to make loving this club very difficult. But it’s about trophies, right? Daniel Levy has long been a fan of Jose, so I’ll be surprised to see anyone else take the reins. He brings trophies, doesn’t he?
He’s going to call out players. He’s going to divide the fanbase. But most importantly, and devastatingly, he’s going to tear down the house that Poch built. The house that proved Tottenham can compete with the big guns in the world. Culture is important, and he won’t foster it. It’s a dark day in N17, and I’m not feeling optimistic about the immediate future.
The Tottenham board got this horribly, horribly wrong. This is on Levy and some of the players. It’s not on Poch.
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