On Sunday, Tottenham lost again. Nothing new about that – Spurs have been underperforming for most of the season so far.
But in the inevitability of their 2-1 loss to Stoke City, we have perhaps glossed over the fact that Spurs really are doing extremely badly. A loss at home to Stoke is unacceptable for a team like Spurs, and the reality is that Mauricio Pochettino’s side are actually in a little bit of trouble.
What fascinates me most is how Daniel Levy will deal with it.
When the Argentine was given the job in the summer, Tottenham very much made the same noises they make whenever they appoint a manager. Four-year contract, time to implement playing style, yada yada yada.
However, history tells us that Spurs managers don’t get that time. History tells us that if Levy feels one of his managers is underperforming, he is generally given the sack pretty quickly.
Look at Martin Jol.
It’s impossible to make an argument that Daniel Levy has given any of these managers significant time to turn around their side’s predicament. It’s impossible because it has never happened.
A few bad results and bang, they’re gone; onto the next flavour of the month.
The problem for Levy is that all of these sackings are starting to reflect badly on him personally. After all, there are only so many times that you can sack a manager for not doing the job that you require of them before people start questioning your role in hiring them in the first place.
Tottenham’s ambition is to be a Champions League club, and it is Daniel Levy’s task to get them there – at least in an overall sense. After all, it can’t just be the managers can it? Because if it looks like the manager isn’t going to reach where he’s expected to be, he gets sacked. End of story.
So on the one hand, history tells us that if Pochettino doesn’t start getting more out of this Tottenham side, his days are numbered. On the other hand, another Spurs managerial sacking would reflect extremely poorly on Daniel Levy.
Should Pochettino fail to improve in the next few weeks, Levy’s hand may well be forced. But the repercussions for the chairman himself could be catastrophic. Good luck Danny boy, I’ve got no sympathy for you.