Daniel Levy’s White Hart Lane regime has long had an air of managerial Kryptonite about it, with numerous previously-powerful coaches having crumbled under it’s extraterrestrial pressures.
Martin Jol, Harry Redknapp, Andre Villas-Boas and even Tim Sherwood were each axed with an undeserved and unrepentant brevity.
Yet don’t, dear readers, allow the shockingly-sudden nature with which the elbow or boot were wielded in some of the aforementioned cases confuse you into thinking that Levy is the kind of knee-jerk chairman more often associated with our hotter-blooded friends in Serie A or La Liga.
Five of the seven managers to occupy the White Hart Lane dugout since Levy arrived at the club as part of the ENIC International Ltd buyout in February 2001 have lasted more than a single season at the helm.
That makes new broom Mauricio Pochettino a glittering 1/3 shot to still be leader of the Lilywhites come the beginning of August 2015.
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It may be some way off in the distance, yet it’s no odds mirage and even the two managers that didn’t last a campaign during the aforementioned period had mitigating circumstances.
Jacques Santini left the club after 13 games, following a series of what he subsequently referred to ‘broken promises’ and rumours of a power struggle with then sporting director Frank Arnesen.
Meanwhile, Sherwood’s spell in the hot seat had seemed interim in all but name from the very beginning.
Pochettino’s appointment, on the other hand, is anything but and a history of hatching rapid improvement at Espanyol and Southampton suggests that the White Hart Lane assassins won’t have cause to thirst for blood for some time to come.
His work at Southampton is perhaps better known, but Barcelona’s poor relations had already been through two gaffers in 2008/09 before their former full-back assumed control with them third from bottom.
Lionel Messi and co were dispatched at Camp Nou and with a little help from the ‘Morenata’ or Black Virgin, a religious icon that was the subject of a 12km Pochettino pilgrimage during their struggle to safety, Espanyol survived.
Eventually finishing tenth, the new Spurs leader steered the Cornella-El Prat outfit to the dizzy heights of eighth the following campaign – a record of two straight seasons of upward mobility he equalled at St Mary’s.