Do I want Pochettino sacked?
No. I do not.
My Twitter account has said “Pochettino Out” since the day he was appointed. It was a bit of a joke.
But that joke is not funny anymore. Some real accounts are popping up suggesting that the guy be sacked, and they are proving divisive.
True to say that I was underwhelmed by his appointment and not quite sure why he had been given the job.
But his reputation was glowing and growing (and he wasn’t Tim Sherwood). So I conceded to those far better positioned than I to judge, and set my own goals for what I expected to see from his first season.
While I don’t want the manager sacked, I get irritated when I get sent stuff like this:
“We have a strong future” can be categorised with “we’re heading in the right direction” as a meaningless statement without convincing supporting evidence.
Is it because he’s blooding young players? His transfer record? His tactical acumen? His man management? His choice of captains?
What have we seen from Pochettino this season that suggests he will make Spurs a top four team (with the handicap of having only the sixth highest wage bill) in the next couple of seasons?
In my opinion, he’s done OK, but no more than that.
He has, however, done enough to earn a second season on the basis of a handful of quality performances and just on the basis of reasonableness – a young manager who has shown some promise, should get proper time to succeed.
More than anything, I’m interested in what he does with Paul Mitchell over the summer while, at the same time, Daniel Levy will have to work hard to move on the players Pochettino does not want anymore.
This could include players that Pochettino asked for/agreed to last summer but does not play – or plays with little success.
So, once again, a big summer for Spurs and Mitchell might be the wild card in it all.