Opinion – Frustration could push Pochettino away from Tottenham

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SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - MARCH 09: Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur reacts during the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Tottenham Hotspur at St Mary's Stadium on March 09, 2019 in Southampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

With Ole Gunnar Solskjaer likely to get the Manchester United job and Jose Mourinho closing in on Real Madrid, the odds of Tottenham losing Mauricio Pochettino have dropped drastically.

The Tottenham boss has proven he is a world-class manager at Spurs. He’s transformed them into regular top four contenders and, on some occasions, title challengers. He’s done all of this on a shoestring budget with a squad that is lacking compared to their competitors.

His work at the club has been nothing short of exceptional, and he’s worthy of the praise he receives. It would be a disaster for Tottenham to lose him anytime soon.

Yet, if they’re not careful, that’s precisely what could happen. The big clubs may be turning their attention elsewhere, but Pochettino is starting to look like a frustrated manager at Spurs. It’s that which could see him look elsewhere.

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SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – MARCH 09: Serge Aurier of Tottenham Hotspur reacts during the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Tottenham Hotspur at St Mary’s Stadium on March 09, 2019 in Southampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)

Following defeat to Southampton on Saturday, Pochettino did not hold back. He labelled his team as arrogant and complacent. Having seen their performance against the Saints, few would have argued with the assessment.

Yet again, Spurs have fallen away in the title race. As has been the theme in recent years, they’ve passed up the opportunity to take the next step forward. Instead of continuing their development by winning a trophy they’ve gone backwards.

Once more, it looks like this side is incapable of becoming a real elite side. From the outside, it appears as if they are happy to remain as outsiders rather than contenders. That is not going to please a manager like Pochettino.

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He has worked hard to fashion this squad into one that can compete for honours. After several years of effort, he wants to see the rewards for his efforts. He does not want to wait another five years to see this team win a trophy. The short life of a football manager means you have to take these opportunities when they come.

Southampton FC v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League
SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – MARCH 09: Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur looks dejected during the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Tottenham Hotspur at St Mary’s Stadium on March 09, 2019 in Southampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)

Before long, Pochettino will get frustrated with this set of players. He’ll look elsewhere and want to work with players who can secure him the trophies he wants. Likewise, he’ll want to work for a club that shows the ambition to take the next step.

Tottenham became the only club not to sign a player in the summer transfer window this season. They likewise failed to sign anyone in the January transfer window. It’s costing them now. Pochettino doesn’t have the players to compete at the top of the table.

Tottenham’s owners seem intent on keeping the club as a top four team. They have the players for that. They seemingly have no interest in putting the money in to take Spurs to the next level. Look at Liverpool. They’ve broken transfer fees for a goalkeeper and a central defender to turn them into title challengers. That wouldn’t happen at Tottenham. How envious Pochettino must be of Jurgen Klopp. He’ll be watching Liverpool’s title challenge with frustration.

His Tottenham side could be where the Reds are. Instead, a lack of investment and the wrong mentality in the squad means they’re left battling for a top-four place.

Pochettino’s patience appears to be running out with both of those things. The big clubs might not be circling, but his current mood is more dangerous to his Tottenham future than they ever were anyway.

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