Will Mauricio Pochettino establish Tottenham dynasty after signing new deal?
Robbie Purves | May 13, 2016
Coming off the back of Tottenham’s best ever Premier League title challenge, Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has signed a contract extension which commits him to the club until 2021.
The Argentine was appointed in May of 2014 on a five-year deal and made a big impact on his arrival. Tottenham finished fifth in the Premier League and reached the League Cup final in his first season in charge.
With a game to go, Spurs are guaranteed their highest-ever Premier League finish and Pochettino believes ‘This is just the beginning.’
Cultivating a finely balanced side, a relentless, fast unit with an English backbone of Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Eric Dier who have all received their first international caps during Pochettino’s reign, the manager is involved in one of the most exciting projects in European football.
With the highly sought after manager signing a new deal, the question is, can Pochettino build a new Tottenham dynasty?
Glory days back again
Spurs possess the youngest squad in the league and the emerging talent Pochettino has showed faith in has flourished.
Kane, Alli, Dier and Ryan Mason – these names and more have developed superbly with Pochettino’s guidance, rather like Marcelo Bielsa and his Newell’s Old Boys youngsters, of which the Spurs head coach was one.
In Tottenham frontman Kane, Pochettino has installed a real work ethic. “If you’re tired, he wants you to train harder so you don’t get tired,” said the Spurs striker. Recovery is important as well but when we train, we train at 110 per cent and don’t leave anything unturned. That’s the way it is.”
Former PSG man Pochettino describes Bielsa as ‘like a father’ and certainly looks like he has picked up some of his methods. Bielsa instils an intense, fast-tempo and high-pressing game, suffocating the opposition. Similar to that of this year’s Tottenham.
However, unlike his mentor, Pochettino his players more freedom within a clear structure. Gary Neville observed: “In my role as an England coach I have noticed the difference in psychology and application when Tottenham players come into the camp. They now arrive prepared for the battle.”
This should excite Tottenham fans; Neville, a born winner that grew up in culture of excellence driven by the need for constant success, recognises the Spurs players’ great mental attitude and willingness to give it all.
With their youngsters continuing to development in the manager’s impressive system, their is no reason why Spurs will not win the Premier League in the coming years and are 5/2 with Coral to lift it before 2021.
Mauricio to taste European success?
Pochettino rarely criticises referees, discusses transfers or takes on other managers. In this regard, he is the opposite of one Spurs predecessor, Harry Redknapp, who seemed to relish to chance to hang out the window of his Range Rover discussing the details of business.
The Argentine is a man focused on what he can do to ensure the success of his team and can clearly see a bright future for his players.
Pochettino said: “This club has all the ingredients to continue to challenge at the very top in both the Premier League and in Europe. We want to be here to be a part of what I believe will be a special period in the club’s history.”
The ingredients of success are there in North London, but they might need some investment to see them over the line.
Construction of a £400m new stadium is the horizon and managing the club’s finances could become a delicate balancing act in the coming seasons. However, it has been reported that chairman Daniel Levy will invest upwards of £60m on talent this summer, but will expect a return on the field.
Tottenham exited the Europa League with an embarrassing 5-1 aggregate defeat at the hands of Borussia Dortmund, with Pochettino resting key players to focus on the league. However, now in next year’s Champions League, Levy will expect the team to compete on both fronts.
Spurs have three European football titles to their name, two UEFA Cups and a Cup Winners Cup that came in 1963. Pochettino’s players are 6/1 to lift a European trophy before 2021.