Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino is currently one of the most in-demand managers in the world. Last year in May, he signed a five-year extension with Spurs, which meant he was tied down with Spurs until 2023.
Despite the new contract, he has been linked with top European clubs like Real Madrid, Manchester United and others in the recent past. This demand explains why he is perceived as a top manager by experts.
Pochettino's stint with Southampton was a success, The Saints were struggling when they returned to the Premier League, but Pochettino's management made them a mid-table club in his first full season.
Similarly, after his appointment as Spurs' manager, he has revitalized the title hopes of the team. The North London club fired nine managers in 12 years and Pochettino gave them stability.
Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy is an expert transfer negotiator, and Spurs are one of the best run clubs in the Premier League. But Levy is presently busy dealing with the costs of building a new £800 million Spurs stadium, which is affecting player transfers. He is not in the position to match Pochettino's ambition.
Pochettino can wait, but that would be futile, as Spurs will have huge debts to pay which they have taken for a new stadium.
Spurs are a good team but they are not in a position to compete with the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool, and Manchester United, in terms of spending power in the transfer market.
Despite his recent firing by Man United, Mourinho's legacy is secured due to the silverware he won with teams in the past. Pep Guardiola is a proven winner.
Jurgen Klopp won trophies with Borrusia Dortmund despite Bayern Munich. Unai Emery's Sevilla won three consecutive Europa League titles from 2013 to 2016 and also tasted Ligue 1 success in his tenure at PSG. Trophies define legacies.
Former Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas was also perceived as a top manager, but he failed to prove it in England. Belgium manager Roberto Martínez also failed to live up to the hype. Pochettino's career as a manager is still trophyless, he will have to win trophies to differentiate himself from Martinez and Villas-Boas.
Top clubs in Europe want to give him a chance, Pochettino should consider their offers.Published 16 Jan 2019, 23:40 IST