Jenas: Why Pochettino won't walk out on Spurs

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Jermaine Jenas has insisted that Mauricio Pochettino is 100% committed to Tottenham Hotspur and is desperate to leave behind a legacy.

Source: Football London
 

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Articles like these always make me question the knowledge these ex-players have when they talk about subjects like these. By all accounts, Pochettino is on a vast wedge of money (2nd only to Pep), as are several of our best players, but you have Murphy, Jenas, Shearer etc. all talking like they take home 50k a year.
 

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It's not like he hasn't been backed. Ndombele, Lo Celso and Sessegnon are top signings and we treid hard for Dybala with Bruno Fernandes in the picture as well. He's been given 3 of his top targets and now he has to get them playing how he wants once they're fit. To even consider walking out before that would be a massive cop out and Levy won't kick him out either IMO.
 

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It's not like he hasn't been backed. Ndombele, Lo Celso and Sessegnon are top signings and we treid hard for Dybala with Bruno Fernandes in the picture as well. He's been given 3 of his top targets and now he has to get them playing how he wants once they're fit. To even consider walking out before that would be a massive cop out and Levy won't kick him out either IMO.
Although we are disappointed with results right now it does feel like we are now in a position to invest and rebuild the squad as he wants. If Poch is up for a rebuild then he should stay.
 

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Although we are disappointed with results right now it does feel like we are now in a position to invest and rebuild the squad as he wants. If Poch is up for a rebuild then he should stay.

Absolutely. It's all very well over-achieving with a nice little cache of excuses to fall back on, but when the excuses no longer exist we find out who really has the bottle for the job. I really hope Poch is that man, but to do it he needs to be fully committed and put all thoughts of RM out of his mind. At the very, very least he needs to stop all the cryptic press conference bollox.
 

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Absolutely. It's all very well over-achieving with a nice little cache of excuses to fall back on, but when the excuses no longer exist we find out who really has the bottle for the job. I really hope Poch is that man, but to do it he needs to be fully committed and put all thoughts of RM out of his mind. At the very, very least he needs to stop all the cryptic press conference bollox.
Let me see if I got this right. When we lost to Leicester, aside from TD, none of the new signings played let alone were on the bench. So we essentially played with almost exactly the same group of players that we had last year, and the year before. The same players that were involved in one of the longest seasons of their careers; World Cup all the way through to the UCL final. All that despite not having signed a single player that season.

But yet we are supposed to ignore all that and judge one the most successful managers in our recent history based on 3 new signings, 2 of whom weren't even involved and have not been involved (meaningfully) since practically the beginning of the season. And the one that was involved, is only just coming to terms with the speed and intensity of the new league.

I am bewildered reading some of the comments on here and unable to figure out where this hubris is coming from. Poch is one of the top 5 managers in this world. Tactics and game strategy on their own are just one aspect of the game. What Poch has done goes well beyond that. He has fundamentally changed the club from the inside out. And DL realises this just as well. To think that we can (or will) replace him with someone better is just plain fantasy. No top manager in the world will work for DL with restrained resources to compete.

So before we start talking about the past 18+ games and our terrible form during that period, we must also put into context the sequence of events that have led us up to this point. That being said, I'm not saying that Poch can't be criticized or that he hasn't made any mistakes. He certainly has, but to relentlessly attack him ad nauseam and complain about his 'little excuses' and that he has been backed, let's also not forget the group of players that he has currently at his disposal not dismissing the other issues surrounding certain players given their contract situations.
 
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Isn't the issue less about who came in but more about who didn't leave? Toby, Danny Jan and Christian. Influential players who haven't been tied down and I think Poch wanted them gone rather than being in limbo.
 

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Anyone seen or heard any rumours about Verts and Eriksen having a ‘falling out’? Twitter is going nuts about it!!
 

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My problem is that a lot of the issues we are facing are of Poch's own making.

Publicly leaving the door open for Man U to approach last winter started the team's form slide.

Then making the statement that he would quit if we won the CL just created unnecessary pressure and speculation. Our performance looked jaded in the final and that's on him. It also gave permission for players to seek an exit and Poch no longer could take a moral stance against that behavior.

Poch has been brilliant for us. I want him to stay but only if he is 100% committed. I hate the flirting with other clubs. When you see Klopp just shut down any talk of other clubs, that's what you expect from Poch.

Spurs are not the same club that he joined 5 years ago. We do have the capacity to bring in a top draw manager as a replacement and sign big name players.
 

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Mauricio should stick to the same script that he used when he was at Southampton... get somebody else to give post-game reports in the englisn languaguage. I personally don't bother with his after-game stuff because of his lack of language skills make him sound very repetitous
and frankly, boring. Also, I think he has been so engaged in the game emotionally that he can't switch off and what maybe what should have been his after-game rant- to- his- players comes out as a sort of disjointed blurted-out bitch to the media.
 

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Mauricio should stick to the same script that he used when he was at Southampton... get somebody else to give post-game reports in the englisn languaguage. I personally don't bother with his after-game stuff because of his lack of language skills make him sound very repetitous
and frankly, boring. Also, I think he has been so engaged in the game emotionally that he can't switch off and what maybe what should have been his after-game rant- to- his- players comes out as a sort of disjointed blurted-out bitch to the media.
I disagree. His spoken English has got very much better over the years, though he obviously comprehends far more in English in the way of questions than he can give back in English to make the subtle points he makes or tries to make. He's a fabulous representative for the club in post-match interviews, and pre-match even more so — bright, friendly, courteous and encouraging.

My criticism is what it is he cannot get away from, namely those long pre-match press conferences that clubs are forced to go along with because they come with the sponsorship of a competition. He is not being interviewed by friends but very often by the reptiles of the press set on mischief-making questions and then twisting the answers. So he should be more guarded in his answers, and not so anxious to please questioners that aren't worth much of his time.
 
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