Opinions Vary on Cause of Mauricio Pochettino, Tottenham Hotspur Woes



Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino says he has not quit, and won’t quit, but it certainly looks like his players have. Fresh off setting a dubious record in midweek (goals allowed by an English side in the UCL), Tottenham didn’t show up at Brighton & Hove Albion, getting thrashed 3-0 by a side that hadn’t beaten them since 1983 or beaten anybody since opening day.

The Seagulls, a side that had scored just once in their previous five league fixtures, put three goals up on Spurs. The result left Pochettino’s side without a road league win since January. Heading into the international break, the heat on Poch will now increase.

Things will likely get worse before that get better too, as team captain and No. 1 Hugo Lloris suffered an arm injury early on in the match that looks quite serious.

Last year’s UCL runner-up currently sit eighth in the table, with potential to fall further before the weekend concludes. So how did we get here? Well, a lot of it stems from Pochettino getting pretty much zero backing from Chairman Daniel Levy in numerous transfer windows. Levy forced Poch and company to sit out the summer player recruitment period, several times and now those chickens are coming home to roost.

If you’re standing still for a long period of time, you’re actually falling behind and now we’re seeing that. So you can start there, but there is of course, plenty of blame to go around, including on Pochettino himself.

So where do you go from here? We took a look at Twitter, where there is no shortage of opinions, to get an idea of what the way forward could be. Sure, a trip to the micro-blogging platform often d0esn’t end well, but we’re only embedding the worthwhile insights and statements.

And there are many, as Pochettino and Poch are top trending terms right now.

That’s a great point right there above. Yes, the north London side spent big this past summer transfer window, but it wasn’t until the 11th hour, and they did fail to remove the deadwood that Poch wanted out.

Also, the previous two tweets, drawing analogies to Manchester United last season under Jose Mourinho, are spot on. There are plenty of decisions to be made in January and again in the summer as some players want out and contracts will expire soon.

It will be very interesting to see how this all shakes out. A lot of questions need to be answered, and the answers are complicated.

Paul M. Banks runs The Sports Bank.net, which is partnered with News Now. Banks, the author of “No,  I Can’t Get You Free Tickets: Lessons Learned From a Life in the Sports Media Industry,” regularly appears on WGN CLTV and co-hosts the “Let’s Get Weird, Sports” podcast on SB Nation

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  1. Every Spurs supporter has seen Pochettino sitting down legs crossed between his two mates when things were going wrong last season.
    He really has never had a plan B let alone a PlanC so no wonder things have fallen apart.
    He bought players and never really played them now he has bought three more who can’t run for 90 mins.
    This is all down to poor management and he must be replaced now.

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