FEATURE: Levy and Pochettino. A North London romance of commercial competitiveness and domestic success

Mauricio Pochettino’s appointment at Spurs was far from underwhelming in May 2014, though the ex-Southampton manager certainly had a point to prove upon inheriting the managerial reignsat White Hart Lane.

The Argentinian had previously overseen spells at Espanyol, and his tenure on the south-coast with Southampton was widely considered to be a success: in his first full season at Southampton Pochettino led the team to an eighth-placed finish; their highest league position since 1989–90 while also recording their highest points tally since the Premier League began in 1992–93.

Pochettino’s pedigree was indisputable, though Tottenham unquestionably represented a step-up for Pochettino: this was a chance of unprecedented opportunity for the Argentine.

Since being appointed on 27 May 2014, Pochettino has overseen a win % of 53.2%, whilst transforming Spurs into genuine title contenders in both the 2015-16 and 2016-17 Premier League seasons.

The English core within Tottenham’s starting XI is mesmeric: Walker, Rose, Dier, Alli and Kane providing a nucleus of passion and talent, whilst the European additions of Eriksen, Alderweild and Vertonghen are symbolic of a firm footing for success.

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Victor Wanyama and Son Heung-min are effective utility players as well for Pochettino, and this Spurs side are unquestionably capable of competing for top honours both domestically and further afield within Europe.

Daniel Levy; Spurs Chairman, is notoriously known within the ‘beautiful game’ as a tough negotiator who has overseen the sale of prized Spurs assets for sizeable transfers sums: Bale and Modric both to Real Madrid in recent years.

Levy is a businessman driven by pragmatic rationality, once profit is available on an asset that he deems to be surplus or if the offered fee represents a considerable profit, Levy will cash in.

The Spurs Chairman has strived for many years to create a team capable of competing on the field (towards the UCL spots) whilst financially benefitting off it: in Pochettino, Levy has a manager more than capable of pushing Spurs towards the title whilst not spending extortionate sums in the process.

 

Levy is aware that he must keep Spurs’ best players: the English duo of Dele Alli and Harry Kane particularly. Perhaps in years gone by Levy could cash in on an offer for Alli or Kane, though the 2017-18 season and Tottenham’s impending departure to their new stadium means this is a new chapter for success at Tottenham.

The consecutive Champions League qualifications Pochettino has overseen mean Spurs’ hierarchy will be willing to keep a hold of their prized assets and begin to perform domestically and in Europe.

Spurs have slowly transformed into a team capable of challenging towards the upper echelons of the Premier League, the chapter Pochettino next writes is dependent on Levy’s support, though Tottenham are indisputably positioned nearer perfection than most: this is the time of Tottenham Hotspur, and I firmly believe they are set to rise and roar as a domestic powerhouse in the English Premier League, for 2017-18 and beyond.

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