Mauricio Pochettino was the chosen one to take Tottenham Hotspur a few steps further and get Spurs into the top four to secure Champions League soccer at White Hart Lane. Tottenham’s chairman Daniel Levy felt that Tim Sherwood was not the man able to do that, which subsequently led to the appointment of the former Southampton boss as his replacement.
In recent times Spurs haven’t had the best of the luck with managers. Since Harry Redknapp stabilized the club and turned Tottenham into genuine top four contenders, few have come and failed. Ex-Chelsea man Andre Villas-Boas didn’t last long and neither did Sherwood. Sherwood went out on record stating he would have liked the job permanently, but Levy didn’t share his desires.
The London club turned to Pochettino for the start of the Premier League campaign. The former Espanyol man had a very good time at Southampton. After the controversial sacking of the popular Nigel Adkins, the Saints turned to a somewhat unknown entity in Pochettino. As controversial as the decision was at the time, the Argentine had a very successful spell there and got Southampton to a very respectable eighth place finish in his first full season with the club.
His success at the Saints led to him being scouted by Tottenham. It was a risky move for both parties, considering it could be argued Pochettino didn’t have the relevant experience or all the credentials to become a manager of a club the size of Spurs. Tottenham went with him anyway, and he got off to a winning start in his first competitive game, winning 1-0 with a late Eric Dyer goal at West Ham United.
Only time will tell how this will work out for Tottenham. It was arguably a brave move for Spurs and Pochettino, but it could be a very wise one in the long run.