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Spurs fans discuss who’d replace Pochettino if he left – Rafa Benitez in the conversation

11 months ago
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Interesting to see how  Spurs fans are dealing with the hypothetical question of what would happen if Mauricio Pochettino did leave, whether to Real Madrid or wherever.

A lot of speculation in the media that this could happen but no sign of Pochettino pushing this at all.

Whilst most Spurs fans are liking what they see with their manager, interesting to see though that there is also a minority who don’t see him as overwhelmingly responsible for their recent high Premier League finishes.

In the conversation, interesting to see Newcastle regularly cropping up in the conversation.

Mentions of Rafa Benitez as a potential hypothetical replacement, whilst Moussa Sissoko and Alan Pardew also come up in the conversation…

Spurs fans commenting via their top Fighting Cock message board:

‘Benitez might be a good shout. At least he’s won a lot of stuff.

And has experience at big clubs. Would command the respect of our top players.

Sure he’d see it as a massive step up from Newcastle.

Unfortunately I don’t see him as a Levy type appointment though.’

‘Wenger is out of work.’

‘So is Pardew…’

 ‘I don’t think or want Pochettino to leave, however I think Scott Parker will be a superb coach in future years and someone I’d like to see doing well. Always one of my favourite Spurs players.’

‘Despite Simeone winning titles and reaching CL finals with a lesser Atleti team competing with Barca and Real, rather than Leicester and a bum Chelsea team? There are examples of coaches achieving more with less than Pochettino all over Europe.

Levy has built a fantastic squad, Pochettino is managing it fairly well; nothing more.

Pochettino is like his idol Bielsa and Keegan, a favourite with the hipsters but ultimately a f…ing loser.’

‘It’s somewhat ironic that this side is being referenced with the Newcastle side of the ‘90s because many in the supporter base mirror the unwavering devotion to Poch that many Newcastle supporters did and still do to Keegan.’

‘No, Poch didn’t make us contenders, he has played a part in us becoming contenders. The structure ( board, recruitment and youth set up) was already in place as was the nucleus of the squad was there. He has undoubtedly improved that playing squad but let’s not pretend that this isn’t a club that finished 4th, 5th 4th 5th and 6th this decade prior to his arrival.

And he isn’t the most important person at the club, it is a collective effort. His contribution is being massively overplayed, the suggestion is that this largely done to him which is quite frankly absurd because if you think he couldn’t replicate this at a club like Newcastle for instance is pure fantasy.

I cannot fathom why anyone would think a manager should be above scrutiny or critique and the notion that a supporter doing this cannot be considered a fan is absolutely laughable. Any manager regardless of who they are should be constantly evaluated especially when we have this limited window of opportunity for major silverware given the squad we have.’

‘I’ve advocated Rafa before.

At Pochettino’s age he’d already won a domestic title and European trophies with relative underdogs; even his achievements this year with the Newcastle pub team he’s currently managing are impressive.

Give him this squad and he’d likely secure those all-important first cups to instil a winning mentality.’

‘Levy should demand that Sissoko to Madrid is part of any deal.’

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