Dimitar Berbatov has today provided his take on the managerial situation at Tottenham, amid mounting pressure on the shoulders of Mauricio Pochettino.
Pochettino’s Spurs have endured an altogether-underwhelming start to the new season.
As things stand, the north Londoners sit 9th in the Premier League table, a full 13 points behind early pace-setters Liverpool.
It is their form over the last couple of weeks, though, which has seen Tottenham dip into full-blown crisis mode.
The capital giants were first ousted from the League Cup by League Two outfit Colchester United.
This was followed by quite possibly the most embarrassing result of the Pochettino era last Tuesday night, when Spurs were pummeled by 7 goals to 2 at home to Bayern Munich.
5 – Tottenham’s 2-7 defeat to Bayern Munich was the biggest ever margin of defeat by an English team at home in any European competition. Crushing. pic.twitter.com/LnUf8PKaWO
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And, in their latest outing, which was widely-viewed as the ideal bounce-back platform, at struggling Brighton last weekend, the Lilywhites were out-thought, out-fought and simply out-played, en route to a comprehensive 3-0 defeat.
‘Would he make them better?’
As such, amid potentially the most trying spell of his managerial career, murmurs that Pochettino’s Spurs stint could soon be set to come to an end have begun to grow louder.
The Argentine has once again been hotly-tipped for the post at Manchester United, amid the Red Devils’ struggles under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
A number of other tacticians have therefore been touted as potential replacements for Poch in north London, with one of the names to have popped up consistently over the last week having been that of Jose Mourinho.
One individual who feels as though Spurs should steer clear of moving for the former Manchester United and Chelsea boss, though, is Dimitar Berbatov.
Speaking in an interview with Betfair earlier today, the one-time Tottenhan fan favourite questioned whether Mourinho would actually make the capital outfit a better side:
‘There has been a lot of talk about Jose Mourinho taking over at Spurs.’
‘As a coach that has been there at the top of his game for so long and has been in every kind of situation, I think he could have the answers for some of the difficulties Spurs are facing. But would he make them better?’
‘I don’t know because it is the same team, yes you can have a bit of a lift in the beginning, like Manchester United did when [Ole Gunnar] Solskjaer came in. But then you need to keep going. Otherwise you are going to slip into a spiral.’
Berba backs Poch
Berbatov continued by urging the board at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to stand by Pochettino:
‘For me, though, Pochettino needs to stay there. He’s been there for a long time.’
‘I remember Sir Alex Ferguson telling us a team needs to be changed when four years passes, not the whole team, but some players.’
‘After four years, some players start to get complacent and they aren’t challenged anymore. They are in with the manager and they are comfortable. So a manager needs to shake things up and bring in new players.’
‘This could be the case with Spurs. A lot of the players have been there a long time and maybe they need to shake things up and try to push the players in a way.’