For any Tottenham Hotspur fan, it must be extremely frustrating to lose to Newcastle United at home, especially on the day the club honored Bill Nicholson. For far too long these matches have been the club’s Achilles heel, and it’s almost demoralizing to see them still constantly going through struggles like this at White Hart Lane. However, no matter how despondent one can be with the side’s indifferent start, there’s no reason why people should be calling for the manager’s head. This club needs time, patience and a degree of loyalty that has sorely been lacking with managerial positions in the past decade.
Mauricio Pochettino is trying to clean up a mess left by previous managers before him, and it takes far longer than nine games into a new 38 game league campaign to do that.
At times he’s managed to get the best out of the players, some who people thought were lost causes. In particular Ryan Mason, Nacer Chadli, Erik Lamela and Danny Rose have benefitted from the Argentinean’s coaching methods. It’s a completely new system for the team, far more complex than anything the squad has previously dealt with. With a young squad that boasts seriously talented players, Pochettino should be afforded time to implement his style of play. There have been glimpses of his tactical brilliance and the philosophy that he’s engraining is very much a work in progress.
The 42-year-old understands that the total transformation of a club does not happen overnight, especially when he’s inherited a squad that has clear deficiencies. Although there a genuine gripes about the starting XI’s he has selected in some matches, players have not yet had enough of an opportunity to prove themselves. Adding personnel is a necessity too, and thus more windows are crucial to the team’s evolution.
One cannot begrudge the White Hart Lane faithful for losing patience. For a side that was literally inches away from Champions League qualification just two years ago, there is a naturally a sense of the club going backwards. Silly defeats like the recent loss to Newcastle are always hard to fathom, however, the club has committed to a five-year contract with Pochettino and for the moment patience appears to be restored to the club’s psyche.
For a supporter based who have a bipolar nature it means that even a mini slump in form can be blown out of proportion – it’s an infuriating thing to deal with. Bad losses and soaring wins are part and parcel of football, and Spurs do have their fair share of the former. However, not every club in the league is immune to shock losses. In spite of Spurs’ obvious early season struggles they still find themselves in the mix for a top 4 finish.
I’ll reiterate again, it takes time and patience. Part of the reason why chairman Daniel Levy has sacked so many managers is because the pressure from supporters can be overbearing, but practicing what you preach – or what you contractually agree to – is the best method. There’s multiple cases of clubs who have endured the managerial merry-go-round, and it’s simply something that Spurs must get out of the habit of doing.
It may be a results-based business nowadays, but allowing Pochettino ample time is the best way forward for Tottenham at this present moment.
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