Tottenham fans should not be calling for Mauricio Pochettino to lose his job as he has worked miracles since taking charge of the Lilywhites.
Despite Spurs currently struggling through a remarkably poor run of form, Pochettino is not to blame according to Jason Cundy, the former Chelsea and Tottenham defender – and famous Blues fan!
Cundy launched an impassioned defence of Pochettino shortly after Spurs embarrassingly lost to Colchester in the Carabao Cup, suffering a shootout defeat with Christian Eriksen and Lucas Moura missing their penalties.
While the match is officially recorded as a draw given it ended 0-0 after regulation time, this does nothing to take away from Tottenham’s horrific recent run of just four wins in their past 17 games.
Pochettino has been coming under increased pressure throughout the north Londoners’ shaky start to the season, and, unsurprisingly, ‘#PochOut’ was trending on social media in the wake of the Colchester loss.
Calls for the Argentine to lose his job are starting to become more and more audible with every passing match, but Cundy says this is nothing but a knee-jerk reaction during a frustrating time for Spurs fans.
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The former defender said the board, not Pochettino, is to blame for Tottenham’s struggles, and he reminded listeners just how brilliant he has been since taking charge in north London.
“I do think it’s a knee-jerk reaction for Spurs fans to be talking about getting rid of Pochettino,” Cundy said on the Sports Bar.
“Can Spurs reach the next level with their board? Pochettino must be thinking now: ‘how can I improve this squad? What more can I do?’
“He can’t do any more than he’s done; he’s performed literal miracles to get Spurs where they are from when he took over.
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“To a Champions League final with a self-imposed transfer ban! No manager does that!
“Don’t underestimate what he did last season.”
Pochettino joined Spurs five years ago from Southampton and, despite failing to win a trophy, he’s been the club’s most successful manager for many, many years.
The Lilywhites have finished runners-up in the EFL Cup, Premier League AND Champions League under the Argentine, and he’s won 54.9 per cent of the 284 matches he has taken charge of.
However, this record is not easing the pressure on Pochettino’s head during by far the worst spell of his career as Tottenham boss.