Poch or De Boer for Spurs job?

Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino

First published in Sport Basingstoke Gazette: Photograph of the Author by , Sports Editor

MAURICIO Pochettino or Frank De Boer?

The Argentinian who took Saints to eighth place in the Premier League or the Dutchman who has just won his fourth successive league title with Ajax Amsterdam?

Pochettino, who has never managed in European club football, or De Boer with his Champions League experience?

Two men, both 43-years-old, who love to promote young talent and who could be seeking a new challenge.

That new challenge could come from Tottenham, who yesterday – to no-one’s great surprise – sacked Tim Sherwood after less than six months in the job at White Hart Lane.

In an instant, one of the worst-kept secrets in the Premier League was out.

Both Pochettino and De Boer have long been linked with Spurs, with Ajax sporting director Marc Overmars recently revealing he had taken a phone call from a Tottenham official.

Saints have always maintained they have had no approaches for Pochettino, whose contract runs out at St Mary’s next summer.

While Pochettino has never publicly declared any interest in talking to Tottenham, De Boer certainly has.

Last month he said: “I’ll talk to them and listen to what they have to say.

“I would like to add something to a club like Brendan Rodgers did at Liverpool.

“I see a perspective at Tottenham Hotspur, just as Liverpool and Newcastle United sometimes are, they are sleeping giants.”

Pochettino has made his name at Saints by promoting young talent.

Even though Luke Shaw and Jay Rodriguez were first team regulars when he arrived in January 2012, the pair have developed into senior England internationals under his watch.

Pochettino has also introduced the likes of Calum Chambers, Sam Gallagher and Harrison Reed into the first team squad this season.

Circumstances have dictated Gallagher’s promotion, though, due to Dani Osvaldo’s shipping out in disgrace and Jay Rodriguez’s injury.

Spurs also have a group of promising youngsters threatening to make a big breakthrough such as Tom Carroll, Harry Kane and Nabil Bentaleb.

De Boer, though, is committed to youth development – as you would expect of a man brought up through the famous Ajax youth system.

In true Ajax style, he is keen on every team at the Dutch giants, from the senior side to the Under-8s, playing the same system.

He is also a results man, with Ajax having only lost eight league games out of 102 matches in the last three complete Dutch League campaigns.

Pochettino has not had mega millions made available to him at Saints, who are unable to regularly pay over £20m for players in the same way Chelsea, Manchester City or Manchester United can.

The same would probably be the case at Tottenham, who spent over £100m last summer without major success.

Off the field, Spurs are keen to build a new 56,000-seat stadium and move into it in three years’ time.

At present, their capacity of around 36,000 holds them back with regards to bringing in extra revenue compared to most of the clubs who have finished above them this term.

If Spurs do press ahead with the new ground, significant transfer spending appears unlikely.

Sherwood’s successor at Tottenham must also work with technical director Franco Baldini.

At Saints Pochettino would almost certainly have far greater influence with regards to any new signings, as Les Reed does play a prominent role at St Mary’s in that respect.

How much influence would Pochettino have at White Hart Lane with Baldini in situ?

Compare that to De Boer, left, who currently works under a similar structure at Ajax.

Pochettino has also made public his dislike of the Europa League that Tottenham will be playing in next season.

Who knows whether that will be in his mind if he is thinking about a move to north London?

For his part, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is no stranger to approaching Saints for a new manager.

Shortly after taking over from Sir Alan Sugar in February 2001, Levy successfully moved to sweet-talk Glenn Hoddle from his role at The Dell.

Hoddle was Levy’s first new managerial appointment, and there have been many more since.

Jacques Santini, Martin Jol, Juande Ramos, Harry Redknapp, André Villas-Boas and Sherwood have all followed Hoddle in – and subsequently out – of the club.

Whoever takes over, Sherwood believes, faces a tough task trying to guide Spurs into the top four.

Last summer they sold ex-Saint Gareth Bale for a world record £86m, and invested the money in seven foreigners who had never played in the Premier League before.

“How on earth did people think we would be title challengers or even make the top four?” Sherwood said after his last game.

“If you don't know the game you could possibly think that they would all hit the floor running but it doesn't happen, they need time.

“This club will be better with those seven players next season.”

Spurs have come fourth only twice in the last 10 campaigns and Sherwood insists expectations last summer were far too high.

“It was hyped - the hype was ridiculous,” Sherwood said. “We've qualified for the Champions League once - why have we got a divine right to qualify for the Champions League?

“Sixth is where we should be, it's where we are as a club. “We all want to aspire to the top four but we aren't getting there with what we’ve got.”

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6:11am Wed 14 May 14

andoru says...

Are you really asking us DE? Obviously most of us will choose De Boer for the Spurs job. Silly question.
Are you really asking us DE? Obviously most of us will choose De Boer for the Spurs job. Silly question. andoru
  • Score: 23

6:33am Wed 14 May 14

richard903 says...

Poch is part of our family now (his words) he has signed a new contract, the delay in an anouncement is because ha is tying up Adam Luke and Jay to new improved contracts plus signing Demba Ba for next season. An old man can dream cant he?
Poch is part of our family now (his words) he has signed a new contract, the delay in an anouncement is because ha is tying up Adam Luke and Jay to new improved contracts plus signing Demba Ba for next season. An old man can dream cant he? richard903
  • Score: 20

6:40am Wed 14 May 14

InCortesewetrust says...

I asked a friend if he wanted a kick in the family jewels or a ice cream! What did he chose?
I asked a friend if he wanted a kick in the family jewels or a ice cream! What did he chose? InCortesewetrust
  • Score: 12

6:40am Wed 14 May 14

Norwegian Saint says...

If... and it is a BIG IF... MoPo leaves I will be very disappointed, do we go for De Boer?

The meeting was yesterday... any news from that???
If... and it is a BIG IF... MoPo leaves I will be very disappointed, do we go for De Boer? The meeting was yesterday... any news from that??? Norwegian Saint
  • Score: 7

6:45am Wed 14 May 14

montecristosaint says...

richard903 wrote:
Poch is part of our family now (his words) he has signed a new contract, the delay in an anouncement is because ha is tying up Adam Luke and Jay to new improved contracts plus signing Demba Ba for next season. An old man can dream cant he?
in fact there is deathly silence at St Marys and your dream may be a lot closer to reality than you imagine. lets wait and see. Saints have a huge challenge on their hands. By design or by accident a bit of both I suspect they now have a wonderful group of players who could with a little help go all the way, much as Markus Liebherr wanted. Let us hope that Krueger who I am not sure about, and Reed who is less than convincing in his new role do not let us down.
[quote][p][bold]richard903[/bold] wrote: Poch is part of our family now (his words) he has signed a new contract, the delay in an anouncement is because ha is tying up Adam Luke and Jay to new improved contracts plus signing Demba Ba for next season. An old man can dream cant he?[/p][/quote]in fact there is deathly silence at St Marys and your dream may be a lot closer to reality than you imagine. lets wait and see. Saints have a huge challenge on their hands. By design or by accident a bit of both I suspect they now have a wonderful group of players who could with a little help go all the way, much as Markus Liebherr wanted. Let us hope that Krueger who I am not sure about, and Reed who is less than convincing in his new role do not let us down. montecristosaint
  • Score: 13

7:16am Wed 14 May 14

Bitterne Park Tim says...

I really do not think Spurs are dramatically bigger than us.
I think they get through managers at a ridiculous rate.
With some additional funding and only selling Shaw, we could be on a par with Spurs...... So why leave?!
I really do not think Spurs are dramatically bigger than us. I think they get through managers at a ridiculous rate. With some additional funding and only selling Shaw, we could be on a par with Spurs...... So why leave?! Bitterne Park Tim
  • Score: 7

7:26am Wed 14 May 14

BigBugBuzzz says...

Odds on Betfair for Poch leaving us for Tottenham are 1.60 now. That implies a probability of 1/1.60 = 62.5%, a little smaller maybe given over-rounds. .

I can better understand letting go of Shaw and even Lallana, but Poch, that is mysterious The only way I can explain it is that Poch has refused to stay BECAUSE we are letting go of said players.

An if we are letting go of all that, then good riddance to us.

If only fans could be more organized. I am sure the owners are counting on only a few ripples in the pond . personally, I wish we could pull the plug!



understand IF the board is considering
Odds on Betfair for Poch leaving us for Tottenham are 1.60 now. That implies a probability of 1/1.60 = 62.5%, a little smaller maybe given over-rounds. . I can better understand letting go of Shaw and even Lallana, but Poch, that is mysterious The only way I can explain it is that Poch has refused to stay BECAUSE we are letting go of said players. An if we are letting go of all that, then good riddance to us. If only fans could be more organized. I am sure the owners are counting on only a few ripples in the pond . personally, I wish we could pull the plug! understand IF the board is considering BigBugBuzzz
  • Score: -5

7:30am Wed 14 May 14

saintbobby says...

Most on here are pretty wise guys (forget going east down the M27), and understand a degree of confidential negotiations has to be part of the scene.

But it is driving lots of us absolutely nuts. When the dust has settled, I trust some explanation as to why we have had to suffer all this conjecture. It is to be hoped the Board might recognise Saints fans are pretty special people and are very worried about what might be going on. Just don't like it!
Most on here are pretty wise guys (forget going east down the M27), and understand a degree of confidential negotiations has to be part of the scene. But it is driving lots of us absolutely nuts. When the dust has settled, I trust some explanation as to why we have had to suffer all this conjecture. It is to be hoped the Board might recognise Saints fans are pretty special people and are very worried about what might be going on. Just don't like it! saintbobby
  • Score: 8

7:47am Wed 14 May 14

Golden_Salamander says...

I cannot believe he will leave Saints as his family are settled in the area.
His eldest son is at Solent University doing a Sports Science degree and his youngest is a good footballer on Saints Academy's books.
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The only reason I can see is if he is FORCED OUT by Ralph (How many bad decisions is that bloke going to make ?). Does he think Football is like ice hockey where players/managers change clubs every few years. Somebody needs to tell him that Football is different in that if you have something good you KEEP THEM.

This all reminds me of the 94/95 season when Bally took us to 10th and left at the end of the season (quote from Duncan's book) saying ""would not stay where he was not wanted"... there were elements at the Dell who no longer wanted Ball there as manager"... . Years of relegation battles followed.
I cannot believe he will leave Saints as his family are settled in the area. His eldest son is at Solent University doing a Sports Science degree and his youngest is a good footballer on Saints Academy's books. . The only reason I can see is if he is FORCED OUT by Ralph (How many bad decisions is that bloke going to make ?). Does he think Football is like ice hockey where players/managers change clubs every few years. Somebody needs to tell him that Football is different in that if you have something good you KEEP THEM. This all reminds me of the 94/95 season when Bally took us to 10th and left at the end of the season (quote from Duncan's book) saying ""would not stay where he was not wanted"... there were elements at the Dell who no longer wanted Ball there as manager"... . Years of relegation battles followed. Golden_Salamander
  • Score: -3

7:51am Wed 14 May 14

Clever Dick says...

saintbobby wrote:
Most on here are pretty wise guys (forget going east down the M27), and understand a degree of confidential negotiations has to be part of the scene.

But it is driving lots of us absolutely nuts. When the dust has settled, I trust some explanation as to why we have had to suffer all this conjecture. It is to be hoped the Board might recognise Saints fans are pretty special people and are very worried about what might be going on. Just don't like it!
We are suffering this conjecture because of the press.who need a story. SFC are carrying out their business in the way they normally do. I.E. behind closed doors. If they responded to every press story they would be doing it full time.
[quote][p][bold]saintbobby[/bold] wrote: Most on here are pretty wise guys (forget going east down the M27), and understand a degree of confidential negotiations has to be part of the scene. But it is driving lots of us absolutely nuts. When the dust has settled, I trust some explanation as to why we have had to suffer all this conjecture. It is to be hoped the Board might recognise Saints fans are pretty special people and are very worried about what might be going on. Just don't like it![/p][/quote]We are suffering this conjecture because of the press.who need a story. SFC are carrying out their business in the way they normally do. I.E. behind closed doors. If they responded to every press story they would be doing it full time. Clever Dick
  • Score: 7

7:53am Wed 14 May 14

Jonny7oma says...

Usualy, when the papers start to hyperventilate about a saints player being snapped up or a manager (Hoddle) being prised away, it turns out to be true, although thinking about it, how many of our managers have actually been prised away.... in any case, this morning whilst driving to wok, I had an overwhelming feeling of sadness, not because these people might be leaving us but because Cortese isn't here to put a stop to it and to be talking about the next 5 year plan. That's what Poch wants, he's said it enough times and he is the key to all of this. What I don't know is whether Krueger is capable of pulling this off or not. Cortese would have a plan B up his sleeve if Poch went (which I very much doubt would happen under Cortese). This is all about the board right now, in my very humble opinion of course.
Usualy, when the papers start to hyperventilate about a saints player being snapped up or a manager (Hoddle) being prised away, it turns out to be true, although thinking about it, how many of our managers have actually been prised away.... in any case, this morning whilst driving to wok, I had an overwhelming feeling of sadness, not because these people might be leaving us but because Cortese isn't here to put a stop to it and to be talking about the next 5 year plan. That's what Poch wants, he's said it enough times and he is the key to all of this. What I don't know is whether Krueger is capable of pulling this off or not. Cortese would have a plan B up his sleeve if Poch went (which I very much doubt would happen under Cortese). This is all about the board right now, in my very humble opinion of course. Jonny7oma
  • Score: 5

7:58am Wed 14 May 14

JForrest says...

If any of Poch, Adam or Luke (or Jay) leave, we are in huge risk of taking our first backwards step in 5 years, and risk losing all the momentum we've been building.
If any of Poch, Adam or Luke (or Jay) leave, we are in huge risk of taking our first backwards step in 5 years, and risk losing all the momentum we've been building. JForrest
  • Score: 9

8:05am Wed 14 May 14

Urban Saintz says...

I'm a Spurs fan, and I would actually go with MoPo - sorry Saints fans and the majority of Spurs fans! What he did with Espanyol was amazing, and on their day Southampton have played as good as anyone, barring Man C (with inferior players, on the whole). I really don't think you can compare a manager who has successfully maintained a club in the PL to one in the Eredivisie - comparatively, the gap in the quality of teams from top to bottom is colossal! Although I feel sorry for Saints fans, the board should have tied Pochettino down to a contract last year (at least making him a less viable candidate to other clubs! I really hope spurs get MoPo, as I think he's one of the best young managers around, I really hope De boer goes to another PL club, just so we can put this argument to bed!
I'm a Spurs fan, and I would actually go with MoPo - sorry Saints fans and the majority of Spurs fans! What he did with Espanyol was amazing, and on their day Southampton have played as good as anyone, barring Man C (with inferior players, on the whole). I really don't think you can compare a manager who has successfully maintained a club in the PL to one in the Eredivisie - comparatively, the gap in the quality of teams from top to bottom is colossal! Although I feel sorry for Saints fans, the board should have tied Pochettino down to a contract last year (at least making him a less viable candidate to other clubs! I really hope spurs get MoPo, as I think he's one of the best young managers around, I really hope De boer goes to another PL club, just so we can put this argument to bed! Urban Saintz
  • Score: -7

8:07am Wed 14 May 14

BracknellSaint says...

Jonny7oma wrote:
Usualy, when the papers start to hyperventilate about a saints player being snapped up or a manager (Hoddle) being prised away, it turns out to be true, although thinking about it, how many of our managers have actually been prised away.... in any case, this morning whilst driving to wok, I had an overwhelming feeling of sadness, not because these people might be leaving us but because Cortese isn't here to put a stop to it and to be talking about the next 5 year plan. That's what Poch wants, he's said it enough times and he is the key to all of this. What I don't know is whether Krueger is capable of pulling this off or not. Cortese would have a plan B up his sleeve if Poch went (which I very much doubt would happen under Cortese). This is all about the board right now, in my very humble opinion of course.
But don't forget, in January we were told that MoPo,SRL, Shaw, Lovren, Lallana, Morgan et al were ALL leaving immediately as they couldn't bear the thought of carrying on without their bestest friend ever(ahem...) Cortese.
And yet, how many actually left in Jan? Yep, that's right, zero.
Think the press, Mail in particular, have had a bee in their bonnet ever since, as we didn't do what they wanted..
[quote][p][bold]Jonny7oma[/bold] wrote: Usualy, when the papers start to hyperventilate about a saints player being snapped up or a manager (Hoddle) being prised away, it turns out to be true, although thinking about it, how many of our managers have actually been prised away.... in any case, this morning whilst driving to wok, I had an overwhelming feeling of sadness, not because these people might be leaving us but because Cortese isn't here to put a stop to it and to be talking about the next 5 year plan. That's what Poch wants, he's said it enough times and he is the key to all of this. What I don't know is whether Krueger is capable of pulling this off or not. Cortese would have a plan B up his sleeve if Poch went (which I very much doubt would happen under Cortese). This is all about the board right now, in my very humble opinion of course.[/p][/quote]But don't forget, in January we were told that MoPo,SRL, Shaw, Lovren, Lallana, Morgan et al were ALL leaving immediately as they couldn't bear the thought of carrying on without their bestest friend ever(ahem...) Cortese. And yet, how many actually left in Jan? Yep, that's right, zero. Think the press, Mail in particular, have had a bee in their bonnet ever since, as we didn't do what they wanted.. BracknellSaint
  • Score: 4

8:16am Wed 14 May 14

JohnItaly says...

Clever Dick wrote:
saintbobby wrote:
Most on here are pretty wise guys (forget going east down the M27), and understand a degree of confidential negotiations has to be part of the scene.

But it is driving lots of us absolutely nuts. When the dust has settled, I trust some explanation as to why we have had to suffer all this conjecture. It is to be hoped the Board might recognise Saints fans are pretty special people and are very worried about what might be going on. Just don't like it!
We are suffering this conjecture because of the press.who need a story. SFC are carrying out their business in the way they normally do. I.E. behind closed doors. If they responded to every press story they would be doing it full time.
Must confess am finding it very difficult to remain optimistic about Saints being in a position to move forward next season. One only has to look at Swansea and how they struggled this last season. Whilst our undoubted success achieved last season has rightly been praised throughout the football world leading to the inevitable press speculation on the future of MoPo and others moving to "bigger" clubs the silence from Saints' management has been deafening. This to me suggests the Board did not have the foresight to see this current situation developing as a result of our success. Lack of experience at Board level in running a football team, let alone a Premiership side, maybe coming home to roost. For all the faults Cortese had I just could not see him allowing this situation being allowed to continue. Am fearful our journey has reached the terminus with the return trip being a little more bumpy. Hope I'm wrong!
[quote][p][bold]Clever Dick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]saintbobby[/bold] wrote: Most on here are pretty wise guys (forget going east down the M27), and understand a degree of confidential negotiations has to be part of the scene. But it is driving lots of us absolutely nuts. When the dust has settled, I trust some explanation as to why we have had to suffer all this conjecture. It is to be hoped the Board might recognise Saints fans are pretty special people and are very worried about what might be going on. Just don't like it![/p][/quote]We are suffering this conjecture because of the press.who need a story. SFC are carrying out their business in the way they normally do. I.E. behind closed doors. If they responded to every press story they would be doing it full time.[/p][/quote]Must confess am finding it very difficult to remain optimistic about Saints being in a position to move forward next season. One only has to look at Swansea and how they struggled this last season. Whilst our undoubted success achieved last season has rightly been praised throughout the football world leading to the inevitable press speculation on the future of MoPo and others moving to "bigger" clubs the silence from Saints' management has been deafening. This to me suggests the Board did not have the foresight to see this current situation developing as a result of our success. Lack of experience at Board level in running a football team, let alone a Premiership side, maybe coming home to roost. For all the faults Cortese had I just could not see him allowing this situation being allowed to continue. Am fearful our journey has reached the terminus with the return trip being a little more bumpy. Hope I'm wrong! JohnItaly
  • Score: 0

8:22am Wed 14 May 14

andoru says...

Urban Saintz wrote:
I'm a Spurs fan, and I would actually go with MoPo - sorry Saints fans and the majority of Spurs fans! What he did with Espanyol was amazing, and on their day Southampton have played as good as anyone, barring Man C (with inferior players, on the whole). I really don't think you can compare a manager who has successfully maintained a club in the PL to one in the Eredivisie - comparatively, the gap in the quality of teams from top to bottom is colossal! Although I feel sorry for Saints fans, the board should have tied Pochettino down to a contract last year (at least making him a less viable candidate to other clubs! I really hope spurs get MoPo, as I think he's one of the best young managers around, I really hope De boer goes to another PL club, just so we can put this argument to bed!
So not content with screwing Saints on the Bale deal by seriously underpaying and then taking advantage of our financial desperation, now you want to take our manager and possibly cause a collapse of everything we've been building for the past five years?

Do us all a favour and p**s off.
[quote][p][bold]Urban Saintz[/bold] wrote: I'm a Spurs fan, and I would actually go with MoPo - sorry Saints fans and the majority of Spurs fans! What he did with Espanyol was amazing, and on their day Southampton have played as good as anyone, barring Man C (with inferior players, on the whole). I really don't think you can compare a manager who has successfully maintained a club in the PL to one in the Eredivisie - comparatively, the gap in the quality of teams from top to bottom is colossal! Although I feel sorry for Saints fans, the board should have tied Pochettino down to a contract last year (at least making him a less viable candidate to other clubs! I really hope spurs get MoPo, as I think he's one of the best young managers around, I really hope De boer goes to another PL club, just so we can put this argument to bed![/p][/quote]So not content with screwing Saints on the Bale deal by seriously underpaying and then taking advantage of our financial desperation, now you want to take our manager and possibly cause a collapse of everything we've been building for the past five years? Do us all a favour and p**s off. andoru
  • Score: 10

8:40am Wed 14 May 14

jls217 says...

andoru wrote:
Urban Saintz wrote:
I'm a Spurs fan, and I would actually go with MoPo - sorry Saints fans and the majority of Spurs fans! What he did with Espanyol was amazing, and on their day Southampton have played as good as anyone, barring Man C (with inferior players, on the whole). I really don't think you can compare a manager who has successfully maintained a club in the PL to one in the Eredivisie - comparatively, the gap in the quality of teams from top to bottom is colossal! Although I feel sorry for Saints fans, the board should have tied Pochettino down to a contract last year (at least making him a less viable candidate to other clubs! I really hope spurs get MoPo, as I think he's one of the best young managers around, I really hope De boer goes to another PL club, just so we can put this argument to bed!
So not content with screwing Saints on the Bale deal by seriously underpaying and then taking advantage of our financial desperation, now you want to take our manager and possibly cause a collapse of everything we've been building for the past five years?

Do us all a favour and p**s off.
A bunch of North London yobs as someone famously stated a few year ago.
[quote][p][bold]andoru[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Urban Saintz[/bold] wrote: I'm a Spurs fan, and I would actually go with MoPo - sorry Saints fans and the majority of Spurs fans! What he did with Espanyol was amazing, and on their day Southampton have played as good as anyone, barring Man C (with inferior players, on the whole). I really don't think you can compare a manager who has successfully maintained a club in the PL to one in the Eredivisie - comparatively, the gap in the quality of teams from top to bottom is colossal! Although I feel sorry for Saints fans, the board should have tied Pochettino down to a contract last year (at least making him a less viable candidate to other clubs! I really hope spurs get MoPo, as I think he's one of the best young managers around, I really hope De boer goes to another PL club, just so we can put this argument to bed![/p][/quote]So not content with screwing Saints on the Bale deal by seriously underpaying and then taking advantage of our financial desperation, now you want to take our manager and possibly cause a collapse of everything we've been building for the past five years? Do us all a favour and p**s off.[/p][/quote]A bunch of North London yobs as someone famously stated a few year ago. jls217
  • Score: 0

9:17am Wed 14 May 14

Strasbourg Saint says...

jls217 wrote:
andoru wrote:
Urban Saintz wrote:
I'm a Spurs fan, and I would actually go with MoPo - sorry Saints fans and the majority of Spurs fans! What he did with Espanyol was amazing, and on their day Southampton have played as good as anyone, barring Man C (with inferior players, on the whole). I really don't think you can compare a manager who has successfully maintained a club in the PL to one in the Eredivisie - comparatively, the gap in the quality of teams from top to bottom is colossal! Although I feel sorry for Saints fans, the board should have tied Pochettino down to a contract last year (at least making him a less viable candidate to other clubs! I really hope spurs get MoPo, as I think he's one of the best young managers around, I really hope De boer goes to another PL club, just so we can put this argument to bed!
So not content with screwing Saints on the Bale deal by seriously underpaying and then taking advantage of our financial desperation, now you want to take our manager and possibly cause a collapse of everything we've been building for the past five years?

Do us all a favour and p**s off.
A bunch of North London yobs as someone famously stated a few year ago.
I think you're being a wee bit harsh, Andoru. The guy's just making a point - mainly about our Board not acting fast enough - and isn't trying to gloat or act like a WUM. On that one, maybe he's right, I don't know. I guess we should all chill a bit and try to keep our blood pressure low until we know what the Board actually are doing; and that could be wildly different than the impression given in the media. Right now, I certainly don't trust the press to print one single thing which is 100% based on the truth.
[quote][p][bold]jls217[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]andoru[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Urban Saintz[/bold] wrote: I'm a Spurs fan, and I would actually go with MoPo - sorry Saints fans and the majority of Spurs fans! What he did with Espanyol was amazing, and on their day Southampton have played as good as anyone, barring Man C (with inferior players, on the whole). I really don't think you can compare a manager who has successfully maintained a club in the PL to one in the Eredivisie - comparatively, the gap in the quality of teams from top to bottom is colossal! Although I feel sorry for Saints fans, the board should have tied Pochettino down to a contract last year (at least making him a less viable candidate to other clubs! I really hope spurs get MoPo, as I think he's one of the best young managers around, I really hope De boer goes to another PL club, just so we can put this argument to bed![/p][/quote]So not content with screwing Saints on the Bale deal by seriously underpaying and then taking advantage of our financial desperation, now you want to take our manager and possibly cause a collapse of everything we've been building for the past five years? Do us all a favour and p**s off.[/p][/quote]A bunch of North London yobs as someone famously stated a few year ago.[/p][/quote]I think you're being a wee bit harsh, Andoru. The guy's just making a point - mainly about our Board not acting fast enough - and isn't trying to gloat or act like a WUM. On that one, maybe he's right, I don't know. I guess we should all chill a bit and try to keep our blood pressure low until we know what the Board actually are doing; and that could be wildly different than the impression given in the media. Right now, I certainly don't trust the press to print one single thing which is 100% based on the truth. Strasbourg Saint
  • Score: 0

9:23am Wed 14 May 14

andoru says...

Strasbourg Saint wrote:
jls217 wrote:
andoru wrote:
Urban Saintz wrote:
I'm a Spurs fan, and I would actually go with MoPo - sorry Saints fans and the majority of Spurs fans! What he did with Espanyol was amazing, and on their day Southampton have played as good as anyone, barring Man C (with inferior players, on the whole). I really don't think you can compare a manager who has successfully maintained a club in the PL to one in the Eredivisie - comparatively, the gap in the quality of teams from top to bottom is colossal! Although I feel sorry for Saints fans, the board should have tied Pochettino down to a contract last year (at least making him a less viable candidate to other clubs! I really hope spurs get MoPo, as I think he's one of the best young managers around, I really hope De boer goes to another PL club, just so we can put this argument to bed!
So not content with screwing Saints on the Bale deal by seriously underpaying and then taking advantage of our financial desperation, now you want to take our manager and possibly cause a collapse of everything we've been building for the past five years?

Do us all a favour and p**s off.
A bunch of North London yobs as someone famously stated a few year ago.
I think you're being a wee bit harsh, Andoru. The guy's just making a point - mainly about our Board not acting fast enough - and isn't trying to gloat or act like a WUM. On that one, maybe he's right, I don't know. I guess we should all chill a bit and try to keep our blood pressure low until we know what the Board actually are doing; and that could be wildly different than the impression given in the media. Right now, I certainly don't trust the press to print one single thing which is 100% based on the truth.
Yeah, he's making a point. Fair enough. I've read it, and now I want him to p**s off and leave our humble little club in peace. No need to come on here and stir up fans who are already irritable enough as it is.
[quote][p][bold]Strasbourg Saint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jls217[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]andoru[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Urban Saintz[/bold] wrote: I'm a Spurs fan, and I would actually go with MoPo - sorry Saints fans and the majority of Spurs fans! What he did with Espanyol was amazing, and on their day Southampton have played as good as anyone, barring Man C (with inferior players, on the whole). I really don't think you can compare a manager who has successfully maintained a club in the PL to one in the Eredivisie - comparatively, the gap in the quality of teams from top to bottom is colossal! Although I feel sorry for Saints fans, the board should have tied Pochettino down to a contract last year (at least making him a less viable candidate to other clubs! I really hope spurs get MoPo, as I think he's one of the best young managers around, I really hope De boer goes to another PL club, just so we can put this argument to bed![/p][/quote]So not content with screwing Saints on the Bale deal by seriously underpaying and then taking advantage of our financial desperation, now you want to take our manager and possibly cause a collapse of everything we've been building for the past five years? Do us all a favour and p**s off.[/p][/quote]A bunch of North London yobs as someone famously stated a few year ago.[/p][/quote]I think you're being a wee bit harsh, Andoru. The guy's just making a point - mainly about our Board not acting fast enough - and isn't trying to gloat or act like a WUM. On that one, maybe he's right, I don't know. I guess we should all chill a bit and try to keep our blood pressure low until we know what the Board actually are doing; and that could be wildly different than the impression given in the media. Right now, I certainly don't trust the press to print one single thing which is 100% based on the truth.[/p][/quote]Yeah, he's making a point. Fair enough. I've read it, and now I want him to p**s off and leave our humble little club in peace. No need to come on here and stir up fans who are already irritable enough as it is. andoru
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