Spurs announced yesterday that Mauricio Pochettino has signed a new five-year contract with the club, which will run until 2023. It’s huge news for Spurs, and they can be very happy that they have managed to tie him down.
There has been quite a lot of speculation surrounding him in recent times, as it was said that there’s a chance he would leave the club. He didn’t commit to the club when he was recently asked if he would stay there. He seemed to suggest that his future would depend on whether he was backed in the transfer market by Daniel Levy, and rumours that he would be leaving surfaced soon afterwards.
Has he now been told that he will be backed in the summer? I think he must have been. To go from not committing your future at the club to signing a new five-year contract in just a matter of weeks is a big change in direction. I think he was told he will be given money to spend. We’ll wait and see how much they do spend.
It’s absolutely huge for Spurs that they have tied him down. He has really helped bring them to the next level in recent seasons, and things are so much better than they used to be. They may not have won any trophies under his guidance, but they’re constantly improving in the league and challenging some of the best teams in Europe in the Champions League. The win over Real Madrid in this season’s group stage will be remembered for years to come. The Juventus games won’t be remembered as fondly, but they were extremely close to knocking the Italians out. There has been definite progress.
The next step is to win a trophy. They will be desperate for success, as it’s 10 years since they last won something. They’re definitely on the right track to achieving that, but they’ll want to get it done sooner rather than later. I’m not sure going for the league title next season is a realistic goal, because they could find it tough adapting to their new stadium at the beginning. People said Wembley would be their downfall this season, but that wasn’t really the case, so maybe the new stadium won’t affect them as much as anticipated.
I think going all out for one of the cups will be their goal next season. I’m not sure the league cup will be enough, but if they won the FA Cup they would be over the moon. A top four finish, a decent run in the Champions League and an FA Cup would be seen as a great season for them, I’m sure. Can they manage that? They definitely have the potential to, but whether they can manage it or not is another question.
Sorry, I got a little bit off the point there! This was supposed to be about Pochettino. He has done great things at Spurs, and I’m sure there’s much more to come from him. It’ll be interesting to see how much he is backed in the transfer window this summer, because he must have been promised some money by Daniel Levy. I’m not sure he would be staying if he wasn’t, so we’ll see what happens. I don’t think they’ll be absolutely breaking the bank either, because they do have the matter of a new stadium to pay off, so money is bound to be tight.
But surely they’re going to spend a bit more than they have been, or Pochettino wouldn’t be signing a new contract. It’s not like they haven’t been spending a penny either though. They spent around £100m last season, bringing in Davinson Sanchez, Serge Aurier, Lucas Moura, Fernando Llorente and Juan Foyth. But they made most of that money back after they let a few players go. Kyle Walker was the big one, as he went to Man City for £50m. Altogether, they haven’t spent that much in recent years. We’ll see if Daniel Levy is willing to back Pochettino a bit more.
These are interesting times for Spurs, and I think they can be very excited about the future. Things are definitely looking up for them, and they definitely have the potential to really kick on and challenge for the league title in the next few seasons.
I had heard about these law changes coming in, but I didn’t actually realise that it affects this site until about a couple of weeks ago. That has left me scrambling to try and get everything up to scratch and in order, which has been quite difficult. I have most of it sorted now, I think, but there’s still a bit more for me to do.
I’m only telling you this so you know why this post isn’t exactly of the standard I would usually write. My head is fried right now after looking into legal stuff all morning, so my brain isn’t exactly working to 100 percent. Sorry about that.
Normal service will return tomorrow, as we look forward to the Champions League final. I’ll have a preview of that up tomorrow at some stage. Drop back in for tomorrow’s blog for more details on that. Have a good Friday.