Mauricio Pochettino is building a dynasty at Tottenhamby Andy Dillon / 20 October 2017, 13:50Tweet
MUCH was made of Jurgen Klopp’s two year anniversary as Liverpool boss last weekend.
Especially as during that time while they have gone close to winning trophies, Liverpool have seen their position in the elite of English football slide even further.
On Monday they face Tottenham Hotspur - possibly the most celebrated team in the Premier League this week after the heroic display at Real Madrid.
Leaving the Bernabeu Stadium with a Champions League point and their image as the most appealing team in England only further enhanced, adds a touch of spice to next week’s meeting between two managers with similar experiences but vastly different reputations.
Mauricio Pochettino was appointed Spurs boss in May 2014 and like Klopp is yet to win anything.
Yet Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has shown patience not in keeping with modern football to keep a hold of his manager. Remember it wasn’t so long ago that Manchester United were sniffing around the Argentinian after the sacking of Louis van Gaal.
What is most interesting about Pochettino’s longevity at White Hart Lane is that despite being potless in those three and a bit years he is fast approaching a landmark at the club.
If Pochettino can hang onto his job for another five months, in other words see it through to the end of the season, then he will become Tottenham’s longest serving manager since Keith Burkinshaw.
Burkinshaw served Spurs from 1976-1984 - the kind of time managers can only dream about these days unless you are Arsene Wenger.
That shows you just what a madhouse Tottenham has been over the years.
Harry Redknapp was in charge for roughly three years and eight months before getting the chop. Pochettino is expected to overtake that around the end of January next year.
Since Burkinshaw left Spurs there have been a staggering 22 different men in charge of the first team, whether permanent or caretaker managers.
Levy has clearly decided enough is enough and is bucking the trend of sacking the boss every two or three years in order to slowly build a dynasty at his club as well as a new 61,000 seater stadium which already looks impressive as it rises from the rubble of the old ground.
Spurs haven’t won a major trophy since the 2008 League Cup but what they have done is permanently leapfrog Liverpool into the top five clubs in the land.
Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham. It’s a bit of a fluid mix but those are the big boys these days and Liverpool have to swallow it.
It’s not just about what cups have been won in the past two or three seasons, it’s about the feel of a club when you walk up to the ground, when you sense the buzz about the place, when you read week after week about the results, the signings, the way the players talk and the way the manager behaves.
Pochettino is lucky to have a relatively rare character above his head at Spurs in Levy, who recognises that while the new trophy cabinet being build at the brand new stadium may take some time to fill, his team is talked about in much more positive terms than Sunday’s opposition.