Time running out for Mauricio Pochettino

Japhet

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Poch didn't become a bad manager overnite,and isn't a bad manager. I just think he is a limited manager...well up to now anyway.
He had a good plan.This includes fitness levels,strong defence,part Bielsa system,big counter attack. He even wants to change it to more attacking (they bought 4 attacking type players in the summer) but can he develop this? This is a big question mark as he has fumbled through especially this season. OK injuries but what happened to the energy the players have.Have they lost belief? It takes knowhow and at least creativity to get through this and so far he hasnt figured out how. Maybe Levy would give him one more shot of buying players that we need but he has to get the belief back in the players to start.
When Poch first arrived his style of aggressive pressing was a relatively new thing. Now it's something virtually every team tries to emulate. We've become a team that don't do well when we're being pressed and don't seem to have the energy to implement it ourselves. We've lost quality, athleticism and energy in key areas and the squad has become stagnant and lethargic through lack of investment and effective tactics. I don't see Poch turning this around tbh although I'd love it if he did. He seems to have lost all drive since a combination of a fallow 18 months of transfer activity and the CL Final defeat.
 

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Poch's demeander at the press conference this season showed an edge that wasn't there before. He was contradictory, lost his temper when he should be calm. Something is not right with his mental state with the club.
I've never been to a press conference he's spoken at. So how long do they last? Do you ever get bored attending them? Are there things he mentions at them that just never get reported?
 

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I think the bulk of our players lost faith in him during last season. The performances fell off a cliff and we were very lucky to make top 4. The players must have tried to play with passion in the final but they seemed to forget how to. This season is even worse because a lot of them didn't expect to still be here.

Poch has lost his connection with them and he's never getting it back. He won't be here at the start of next season nor will the contract rebels (or at least they won't be near the 1st team). I can't see it going any other way.

What happens to us? Prepare for two seasons of 'transition' minimum. Transitioning into what is the question that has me most concerned....
You're lucky. We can't easily get hold of loose tea anymore. It's all teabags.
 

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Interesting to read the Evening Standard from our England left back on how he is going nowhere even though he won't get a new contract. Maybe if the players had less respect for Poch those who DL wants out would just go but Poch makes the atmosphere too good.

It seems to me that rebuilding properly is being held back by so many players running down contracts. For this I blame DL and would suggest (of course I might be way off the mark) is what he has alluded to about being the coach not the manager. This problem seems like a cancer at the club
I think that Daniel Levy and Mauricio Pochettino cannot just 'wish away' the kind of player-attitude voiced by Danny Rose. However, they'll have discussed it, will learn from it for the longer-term and will just have to pay such players until the contract ends. On the plus side, and on that side of the pitch, young Sessegnon sounds as keen as mustard.
 

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I also think it causes problems when players are told they're not wanted. Rose was told to go and find another club and Vertonghen has been told he won't get a new deal (I think). Wanyama was similarly told he should move on. That's a pretty big de-motivator. The players who openly want to move have no vested interest in how we do this season eeither, and it shows. We win or lose as a team, but when the fabric of the team is in tatters it all becomes such a mess. As I've said before, I'd rather we played those that are committed to try to recover some team spirit.
If Wanyama has his wits about him he could well get another club in January who'd be happy to play him. I imagine that any fee for him won't be too demanding, given the terms on which Dembele, Janssen, Trippier, Onomah and Edwards departed for other clubs more likely to give them regular, some of it even less demanding, football.
 
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