Spurs Balls: Mauricio Pochettino Is An English Hero
SPURS have secured the services of international nude model Mauricio Pochettino from Southampton.
Paul Jiggins tells his Sun readers how unimpressed he is with the appointment. And Jiggins knows Spurs. This is the man, after all, who write in the summer of 2013:
GARETH BALE looks set to stay at Spurs for the coming season — after Real Madrid conceded defeat in the battle to sign him.
After Bale’s mega-money move to Real, an undaunted Jiggins now tells Sun readers:
Levy tells Pochettino: Turn Spurs into Saints (What, get ‘em to finish eighth, Daniel?)
Bit sarcastic, no? He then attacks the Spurs announcement:
They are hardly going to write: “We’ve brought in a manager nobody had ever heard of until 18 months ago from a club that was in League One a few years ago.”
Looking over how Pochettino cannot be blamed for Southampton’s failures before he arrived at the club, we note that the man “nobody had ever heard” of led Espanyol to the 2000 conquest of the Copa del Rey and played 20 times for plucky Argentina (including the 2002 World Cup Finals), where he famously (or not) fouled Michael Owen in the box to allow David Beckham to score the winning England goal from the penalty spot (see photo above).
Pochettino is not an unknown. He’s a hero in England.
But how can a football reporter on a national newspaper be expected to know that?
It perhaps shows how far Spurs have fallen by hailing a boss who has spent just 18 months in the Premier League as the Second Coming… a traditional big club like Tottenham following a relative minnow just doesn’t feel right… especially when that minnow finished eighth in the table last season, some two places and 13 points below sixth-placed Spurs.”
So. Spurs should only ever appoint a manager on the way down? They should never have recruited Keith Burkinshaw after his stint at Newcastle United or Harry Redknapp from Portsmouth.
By the same reckoning that looking down the tables for your manager is stupid, Liverpool recruiting Brendan Rodgers from Swansea was doomed to failure and feels wrong.
More talking balls every day…