Mauricio Pochettino has earned a stellar reputation at Tottenham Hotspur and his name has been linked with a lot of top jobs. However, former Tottenham Hotspur man Danny Murphy has questioned whether he’s as good as people think he is.
The Argentine boss has been linked with Barcelona this week but Murphy, writing for The Evening Standard, questioned whether bigger sides would genuinely want the Spurs boss as he’s never won anything in North London.
“I have heard people ask whether Mauricio Pochettino would seek to leave Tottenham if they cannot keep pace with the spending of the other top clubs. I would turn the question on its head: what makes you think a bigger club would want to take Pochettino from Spurs when he hasn’t won anything as a manager?”
“Tottenham can’t compete with the biggest clubs financially — but neither could Jose Mourinho at Porto, and he won the UEFA Cup and Champions League. Neither could Jurgen Klopp at Borussia Dortmund, and he won five trophies from 2011-14, also reaching the Champions League Final in 2013.”
“Let me be clear: I am a fan of Pochettino. He gets on with the job and he makes his players better. You rarely hear him moan or make excuses. But just as Mourinho and Klopp did earlier in their careers, he has to find a way to win with what he has.”
“He has done this very well so far, pushing Leicester for the title last season and keeping his team in the hunt for the top four again this term. Sooner or later, though, Tottenham need a trophy.”
Pochettino fans will certainly have something to say about these comments but he does have a point, especially when the Spurs boss is compared to the other names that regularly get thrown up for the big jobs.