Tottenham fans have endured a challenging season, but the move of Mauricio Pochettino to Chelsea has struck them hard.
Pochettino, a former Spurs favourite, has switched to a bitter rival while the club lacks a permanent manager, which is disheartening. Although there were indications of a possible return, Daniel Levy ultimately decided against pursuing it further.
While Pochettino’s past success at Spurs and his fit on paper make him an attractive option, Levy is now seeking a young, up-and-coming coach in the mould of the 2014 version of Mauricio Pochettino states the Standard. Concerns exist about Poch’s final year in charge and the divide within the Spurs hierarchy regarding his return.
As Levy continues his search for a new director of football, who will have their own vision for the coach, the decision to overlook Pochettino remains a significant gamble. Rehiring him would have repaired the fractured fan-club relationship and denied Chelsea a well-suited manager.
Whoever Levy appoints will face constant comparisons to Pochettino, and if he thrives at Chelsea, Spurs fans will be constantly reminded of what they once had.
It can probably be said that if Levy gets the next appointment wrong and Pochettino picks up silverware with Chelsea then the Chairman’s position at the helm will because almost untenable if it is not already