Spurs fans across the country exhaled a huge sigh of relief yesterday as Mauricio Pochettino put pen to paper, and committed himself to the club for another five years.
Pochettino caused quite a stir in his final interview of the 2017/18 Premier League campaign by insinuating that his continued tenure at Tottenham Hotspur depended on the decisions of Daniel Levy in the summer transfer window. Pochettino dared the club to ‘be brave and take risks’, which some fans took as a direct message to the chairman, that it’s time to increase the budget.
After making his name in the UK with a successful spell at Southampton, ‘Poch’ has revolutionised Spurs, and has led them to three top-three finishes in the four years he has been in North London. To add a bit of necessary context, Tottenham Hotspur hadn’t finished in the top three of the first division for 28 years before Pochettino took his role as manager. His new contract is said to be worth up to £8.5m a year.
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Whilst Spurs have experienced glistening success under Pochettino, they still haven’t won a major trophy. The gaffer has performed wonders with the limited budget Levy has shackled him with in recent years. It must be remembered that the New Stadium project is a huge financial cost to the club, and construction costs continue to rise as they look to finish before the 2018/19 campaign begins. After all, Pochettino is a professional and will have that burning desire within him to win. It is no surprise that he was firmer with Levy about the financials.
One way that Pochettino could bring in the revenue to afford fresh faces and improve the squad is to sell the players who have indicated that they may want to part with the club this summer. Toby Alderweireld and Mousa Dembele are considering their options elsewhere – the latter refusing to enter contract negotiations until the 2018 World Cup is over. Danny Rose has expressed his interest in staying, however Poch will most likely hear offers for his services.
Additionally, it has been reported that Daniel Levy will give Pochettino more reign over who he can sign; instead of targeting young talents who can flip a profit in three years’ time, he may now have the option to bring in elder and more experienced professionals.
Whilst his focus on young and talented players is beneficial for so many reasons, to win the league, to get to the Champions League final, you need an experienced head who is used to dealing with that sort of pressure. In fact, it can be argued that the lack of experience was the primary reason Spurs lost to Juventus at Wembley… they were not outclassed by any means but outsmarted.
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Now that the boss has signed the dotted line, it is expected, rather hopefully, that the key players of Tottenham Hotspur will follow. Key players who form the spine of the starting XI have publically declared their admiration for Pochettino on many occasions – and it was widely believed he was the reason these men were not seeking vast wage increases at other clubs around the world. However, negotiations are planned with Harry Kane, Jan Vertonghen, Dele Alli, Hugo Lloris, and Christian Eriksen where all contracts will hopefully be extended.
Pochettino told the press that,
“I am honoured to have signed a new long-term contract as we approach one of the most significant periods in the club’s history, and be the manager that will lead this team into our new world-class stadium.”
He went on to speak of his meeting with the chairman,
“Daniel and I have spoken at length about our aspirations for this football club. We both share the same philosophies to achieve long-term, sustainable success. This is a special club – we always strive to be creative in the way we work both on and off the pitch”
This contract is great news for the club if you question whether the Pochettino and Levy partnership can produce titles or not. It is clear that both men are compromising and taking strides towards growing the club not just financially, but towards greater success on the pitch. It will be interesting to see what Pochettino’s next move will be now he has committed – he will want to get on the winning wagon instantly.