Jesus Perez is set to become Tottenham Hotspur manager.
It is, of course, only a temporary measure, with Mauricio Pochettino suspended for the next two games against Southampton and Liverpool, after an altercation with referee Mike Dean following the 2-1 defeat to Burnley – as reported by London Evening Standard.
However, supporters need not worry. Perez – who will assume the Tottenham gaffer’s role in the dugout – is a key Pochettino lieutenant and will be able to bring the best out of an XI that already respects him.
Here are five reasons why Spurs fans should rest easy…
Perez and Pochettino go back a long way. They first worked together at Espanyol, in 2010, with Perez initially coming in as a technical analyst. He earned his way into the manager’s good books and became technical first-team coach before following the Argentine to Southampton and then to Spurs.
The pair are sure to be in contact during the games against the Saints and the Reds, but they may as well not be; Perez has an inherent knowledge of Pochettino’s gameplans and tactics.
Perez is rarely seen without a notepad on the sideline and he has the cooler head than Pochettino. While he was involved in the altercation with Dean, he also looked to move Pochettino away, and he is more reserved than the boss on the sidelines.
That is not to say he is without passion; he has a ferocious stare and has been seen getting caught up in the celebrations when Spurs score.
But he is more reserved and will assess the game from a distance, something that may benefit Spurs with Pochettino in the stands.
Perez is Pochettino’s point man when it comes to assessing the dangers of the opposition.
He shows the players videos and analysis both before games and during them, regularly showing them clips during half-time, per Football.London.
Perez has been in his job with Pochettino for nearly a decade and knows exactly what the Spurs boss will be looking for.
He can then transmit that to the players, and raise their games; against Southampton and Liverpool, there should be very little drop-off from the norm.
Ryan Mason, a player given his big break at Spurs by Pochettino after numerous loan spells, still hears Perez’s voice in his head, having spent two years working under the pair at White Hart Lane.
Speaking to ESPN in 2018, he said: “I still hear Jesus’ voice now.
“When I’m training or playing and my body is telling me, ‘You’re knackered’, I still hear his voice saying, ‘You’re a strong boy, Mase!’ That stuck. It’s always there. He’s amazing at his job, he really is.”
Mason added that Perez is meticulous about absolutely everything, and that little goes on at Spurs that he isn’t aware of.
He said: “He knew everything! I’m not a clubber, I don’t go out drinking, so I felt pretty safe.
“But I’m sure if a couple of the lads fancied a night out and the odd drink, Jesus would know about it. He always knows.”
Perez and Pochettino live in each other’s pockets.
The pair can, per the aforementioned reports, spend up to 12 hours a day together at Spurs’ training ground.
Not only that, they live just a minute apart, with their families having become close, and regularly drive to work together.
If Perez cannot oversee two victories, you can bet your bottom dollar Pochettino will remind him about it every day on their commute!