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Tottenham Risk Becoming a Joke Club If Mauricio Pochettino Is Sacked

13/11/2014 17:09 GMT | Updated 13/01/2015 10:59 GMT

Spurs are, once again, in flux going into an international break - just about on the brink of crisis, depending on who you listen to.

The club have gone through the same cycle in the last decade or so, going through a couple of managers in quick succession before finding someone who's allowed to stay for a few years, then firing him at the first sign of trouble and starting all over again.

It looked for a while like Andre Villas-Boas would be the man to lead Spurs for a few years and build his own team, but he was unceremoniously canned in December as Daniel Levy panicked about a slow start to the season.

That sacking sent Spurs further into a deep spiral that started with Harry Redknapp's reign and shows no sign of letting up now.

The talk in the summer was that Daniel Levy cannot afford to sack another manager less than a year into his contract, but the chat coming from White Hart Lane and the surrounding media bubble doesn't look promising for the former Saints boss.

He shouldn't go. It's as simple as that. The run of embarrassing defeats and general disappointing football has endured through three managers now, and adding a fourth name to that list will do nothing at all, except perhaps lengthen the process.

Part of the problem is clear - new managers means new coaches and new philosophies and it takes players time to adapt to that. It doesn't help that the Spurs squad was horribly disjointed last year thanks to a glut of new signings and a managerial revolving door policy and Pochettino will need time to rectify the damage done.

Giving him time won't guarantee success. Nothing will. But he will know the fate of his predecessors and he will already be taking surreptitious little glances over his shoulder, waiting for the inevitable "we're a big club, this is the way modern football is, no hard feelings, off you pop."

It is, of course, a problem with 'modern football' generally, but Spurs embody the "hire 'em, fire 'em" policy as well as any other club in the country. As for the 'big club' business - it's pretty unconvincing. A couple of lonely Champions League places earned by players who are no longer at the club? Give yourselves a pat on the back, you're obviously right up there with the Barcelona's and Bayern's of the world.

Spurs have talent at their disposal, there's no doubt about that. They have one of the world's best goalkeepers in Hugo Lloris and a world-class centre-back in the form of Jan Vertonghen. Players like Erik Lamela and Christian Eriksen could and should be international superstars, so where are Spurs going wrong?

The first problem that needs sorting is the defence, which has nose-dived to woeful levels in the last year. There seems to be a new liability every week, whether it's Younes Kaboul, Fabricio Fazio, Jan Vertonghen, Danny Rose, Kyle Naughton... it's pretty painful.

The lack of a reliable goalscorer is troubling too, with midfielder Nacer Chadli leading the goalscoring charts and Spurs' three strikers amassing just three league goals between them.

If Pochettino is given enough time - ideally at least another two transfer windows - then the players will have time to adapt to his defensive schemes and start to tighten up at the back.

He might also finally be able to offload the whiny, lazy, self-centred Emmanuel Adebayor, who's been eating up a starting space and the wage budget for more than three seasons now. A proven, relatively consistent Premier League goalscorer is a must.

Just one more note to leave on - Pochettino's Spurs have 14 points after 11 games. Villas-Boas had 20 points at the same point last season. AVB was sacked less than a month later. It was a mistake then - but Daniel Levy has a habit of repeating his mistakes.

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