Lilywhites manager comments must worry Tottenhem biggest stars.
Manager Mauricio Pochetino commented about Lilywhites future and Dele Alli and Harry Kane should be ringing their agents to organise moves away from Spurs if Mauricio Pochettino believes they are 10 years from success. Joe Cole and Rio Ferdinand the pundits of BT sports give their opinion after the poor defeat.
Their comments came in the wake of Mauricio Pochettino’s remarks earlier this week that Tottenham are still 10 years away from having the right mentality to win trophies and championships.
The Argentine manager has enjoyed a successful spell at White Hart Lane, despite the fact he is yet to pick up a piece of silverware with the football club. He has previously said that domestic cup competitions only serve the ego, something for which he was criticised.
Still in the Champions League this season, Cole said that if Tottenham truly are 10 years away from success then some of the biggest stars needs to consider moving on away from the club.
He said: “If I’m Harry Kane or Dele Alli and the manager says we’re five to ten years off winning trophies I’m on my phone to the agent. I agree with JJ [Jermaine Jenas] that he’s made an improvement, I don’t see him making a change in the mentality of Spurs because you’re still seeing it where they’re playing good football, we expect things, they turn up and something will happen, they’ll lose to Burnley at the weekend.
I’ll the quality English players, your Winks’, your Allis and your Kanes, who have their sights on winning Premier League titles, I’d personally would think ‘we’re that far away? Harry Kane won’t be here in 10 years, he’ll be 35.”
Those sentiments were echoed by Rio Ferdinand, who questioned what the team’s short terms aims are.
“I remember at United you [Cole] won the league two years on the spin didn’t you with Chelsea when [Jose] Mourinho came in? I remember the manager at the time saying, ‘Rio, stick with us, stick with me, we’ll get this right, trust me, it won’t be long, a year or two’.
When a manager says that to you, you know what you’re aiming for. He’s saying five to ten years, careers don’t last ten years. Players will be saying I won’t be waiting around for this, but listen, the only bit of sympathy I have with Spurs at the moment is he’s working off no players coming in for two windows.
It’s unbelievable. Other managers spend hundreds of millions of pounds, he hasn’t spent any money in two windows and they’re still competing at the level they are. He has to take massive credit for that. That’s a shift that has to be made in this Tottenham.”