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Tottenham Hotspur: Redknapp’s Pochettino claim will have supporters furious

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Spurs supporters will not be happy with Jamie Redknapp’s recent comments that emerged on Twitter about former boss Mauricio Pochettino made on Sky’s Saturday Night Football show.

Spurs have found a resurgence in their form with new boss Antonio Conte after the disappointing spells under Nuno Espirito Santo and Jose Mourinho, culminating in the belief that they have, for the first time since Pochettino left, a manager who can take them to the highest echelons of English football.

Pochettino took Spurs to the Champions League Final in 2019 and guiding them to their closest challenges for the Premier League title in both the 15/16 and 16/17 season where they finished third and second respectively.

With this in mind, it is easy to see why Spurs fans might take umbrage with Redknapp’s recent comments on the former Spurs manager, calling him a “serial underachiever” over his career where he has managed the likes of Southampton, Spurs, and currently PSG.

In the clip, Redknapp is talking about the idea of Pochettino taking over at Manchester United, stating, “They need to get the right manager in, Pochettino has been a serial underachiever, can he do it at Man United? There’s no belief that he can”.

TIF thoughts on Redknapp’s comments…

Spurs fans will no doubt be annoyed and angered by Redknapp’s comments here, with one reason being their pure love for the South American. Pochettino certainly did not underachieve with Spurs considering before he arrived they had never been to the Champions League Final or seriously competed for the Premier League. While they ultimately did not win any major trophies under the Argentine manager, he did change the perception and trajectory of the North London club, making them a much more appealing destination for top-tier talents.

He played a big part in making Harry Kane into one of the best, if not the best strikers in the world and made Son Heung-min into a world-class talent that would walk into any team in European football. Underachieving with PSG seems a running theme with all their managers, though Pochettino is set to win the Ligue 1 this season as they sit 11 points clear at the top but has failed to win the Champions League in his two seasons so far, similarly to Thomas Tuchel who left PSG without a UCL trophy but then won it with Chelsea straight away.

Redknapp’s comments seem very short-sighted and purely based on trophies. While Pochettino has not won a major trophy yet he has changed the fortune of the teams he has managed and there is no doubt that he has the capability to do what Tuchel did and win major trophies in the future, wherever that may be.

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