Tottenham Hotspur appeared on the right track for constant success below Mauricio Pochettino, with the Argentine taking on in 2014 and slowly constructing a workforce that might battle for constant silverware, even when he would by no means fairly perceive it himself.
His sacking got here as a shock because it basically unraveled the progress he had made throughout his five-year keep in north London.
Not solely that, however the transfer additionally marked a divergence in chairman Daniel Levy’s technique, who assumed that as a result of the membership was now within the elite, they need to begin searching for ‘elite managers’.
An entire departure from the function mannequin that gained them acclaim, Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte had been each nominated and anticipated to win trophies immediately, however neither appear set to have completed so.
This summer time will see the Italian’s contract come to an finish, however his reign could possibly be lower quick by then, marking one other crossroads for the hierarchy to navigate.
Do they persevere with their present methodology, in a determined seek for some trophy of some type, or do they revert to their previous trusted methodology which could see them take a couple of steps again earlier than they’ll transfer ahead?
Both approach, the vaunted appointment of Steve Cooper would basically see them get a demotion from their present boss, so it is an avenue that ought to be averted.
Might Steve Cooper go to Spurs?
Along with his youth and spectacular begin to life in administration, the suggestion is that the 43-year-old may properly revive the membership as he takes the latter of the aforementioned two paths.
Nevertheless, he has barely completed sufficient to should go from a relegation battle to a problem for the Champions League locations.
His work to see Nottingham Forest promoted was admirable, together with his fluid three-at-the-back system incomes him reward, however since returning to the Premier League his facet have admittedly struggled.
The Difficult Timber are at present sixteenth, firmly entrenched within the myriad of groups vying to keep away from the drop; however their goalscoring stats make for miserable viewing.
Forest are at present the division’s prime scorer, and with 49 conceded in simply 27 video games, solely AFC Bournemouth have scored extra objectives.
The truth that they’re nonetheless afloat after posting such abysmal numbers is little question a testomony to the weak point of the underside half of the league.
Though they oversaw one thing of a mini turnaround at first of the yr, it seems to be like they’ve now returned to type, having not gained since mid-February.
This abysmal model of play coupled with an absence of defensive safety truly attracts comparisons to Conte’s Spurs facet, who’re prone to solely boast an enchancment because of the superior high quality of gamers they boast.
With their system and the outcomes obtained displaying hanging similarities, abandoning Conte for Cooper could be a complicated determination that might solely see them compound their preliminary error.
Gabby Agbonlahor had solely urged in October that he was “out of his depth” on the Metropolis Floor, so upgrading him to an excellent larger membership with far better expectations would seemingly solely exacerbate that assertion.