According to reports in The Mirror, Tottenham Hotspur are preparing to offer head coach Mauricio Pochettino a new improved contract in order to keep the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United from poaching the Argentine coach.
The 2015-16 Premier League campaign has been one full of contract extensions for the White Hart Lane club. The likes of Harry Kane, Mousa Dembele and Eric Dier all agreeing to new deals.
The former Espanyol coach signed a five-year contract when he moved to Spurs from Southampton in 2014 – but his success has alerted several clubs and now it looks as though the London club will try and extend his deal as soon as possible.
Poch himself admitted he is eager to stay at the club and dismissed any rumours linking him with Chelsea.
“I don’t care about that,” exclaimed the Spurs boss. “It’s the same with any rumours about players, there’s a lot of names in the media now. My focus is here, to try for success at Tottenham and to work hard. I always work for the present and the future. I’m very happy here.”
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy was urged to extend Pochettino’s contract by former Spurs midfielders Jamie Redknapp and David Ginola.
“If I were Daniel Levy, I would be knocking on Mauricio Pochettino’s door with a huge new contract,” Redknapp told the press.
“I think Daniel Levy is, even if he does not smile much in the stands, I think he is very clever,” Ginola admitted.“What he is doing at Spurs right now, what he must do, is secure Mauricio Pochettino’s job for the next five years.”
There is no doubt that Pochettino has done a superb job at White Hart Lane and if Levy is ambitious he will do everything he came to extend the Argentine’s contract – giving him the chance to become one of Spurs greatest ever managers.
He is young, determined, totally focused and poised to be successful. After 18 months he has created a excellent group of players, with a strong base for success in the future too.
There’s no question that he has already got the most out of Spurs’ young squad so far this season and has been canny with his incoming (and outgoing) transfer deals. He kept compatriot Erik Lamela last summer when some board members were willing to sell. He signed Dele Alli, who has been a revelation this season. He also gave Eric Dier a chance, and the youngster has become an important part of this Tottenham squad.
Just like the legendary Spurs managers Bill Nicholson, Keith Burkinshaw and Arthur Rowe, Pochettino is noted for his personal attitude toward the staff and players. Also he is a man of principle, with characteristic, diplomatic quotes, something which is quite important in the English game.
There is little doubt that he should be rewarded for his efforts and given the chance to follow in the footsteps of those legends.