Whether or not Mauricio Pochettino’s tenure as Spurs boss should even be questioned after a mere 11 Premier League games in charge is debatable, particularly considering the hand he has been dealt in north London, but the Argentine seems to be teetering on the brink nonetheless.
Pochettino is 4/1 co-favourite of three, alongside QPR’s Harry Redknapp and Aston Villa’s Paul Lambert, to be the first Premier League manager to lose his job this season after a run of just two wins in his side’s last nine top-flight fixtures.
Having been lumbered with a group of players that don’t suit his pressing tactics, alongside a Europa League spot no manager bar ex-Spurs boss Tim Sherwood wanted last term, Pochettino was expected to be given plenty of time to stitch his ethos into the club’s fabric.
Instead, it looks increasingly likely he’ll be given the boot if results don’t improve after the international break, with Hull up next on the road followed by the visit of top-six rivals Everton to White Hart Lane, where Spurs have lost four of their last five in the league.
Should Pochettino feel Lilywhites chairman Daniel Levy’s icy, Nosferatu-like fingers on his shoulder, bwin.com have priced up Sunderland boss Gus Poyet, who spent three years as a player with the club and another as assistant coach under Juande Ramos, as favourite to take over at 5/1.
That seems unlikely considering the Black Cats are currently just three points above the top-flight relegation zone, and two points below Spurs having won only half as many Premier League matches so far this term as Pochettino’s side.
Instead, the time may be ripe for Jurgen Klinsmann to pass on an impressive legacy with the USA national team and return to the European football spotlight, where he impressed as Germany coach between 2004-06, but disappointed in a short spell with FC Bayern Munchen during 2008-09.
Klinsmann is 7/1 to be next Spurs boss, and while the 50-year-old showered praise on Pochettino in a recent press conference, ahead of USA’s friendly with Colombia at Fulham’s Craven Cottage, his presence in the White Hart Lane crowd during the 2-1 loss at home to Stoke was a tad mischievous.
Hiring Klinsmann may be the only way for Levy to survive too, as the revolving-door policy regarding managers over the past 12 months is beginning to reflect rather badly on the Spurs supremo, particularly after the apparent squandering of the money received from Real Madrid for Gareth Bale.
Bringing back the two-time striking legend may be the only option left to Levy if he cans Pochettino. Klinsmann wouldn’t be cheap and would demand a colossal transfer budget, but he could be gettable.