Do or die for Pochettino: Tottenham Hotspur manager faces crunch West Ham test

With just three wins in 12 games so far this season, Tottenham Hotspur have made a mediocre start to their league campaign. And it does not come as a surprise that Mauricio Pochettino’s job in London is now under threat.

An exclusive from The Telegraph claims that the Argentine manager is running out of time and might be let go if Spurs fail to get a positive result in their game against West Ham United after the international break.

Pochettino has no shortage of suitors in the European market but can Spurs afford to lose him?

Importance Of The West Ham Game:

Manuel Pellegrini’s men are also in a spot of bother, losing four and drawing two of their last six league games. Their last win in the league came over Manchester United but ever since, The Hammers have been all over the place, losing at home and away constantly.

However, Spurs have not won a league game away from home since January this year and have a real point to prove in this game.

Both teams have two wins and a draw in the last five meetings and this clash at London Stadium will certainly have an impact on the future of both the clubs.

Losing this game could push Spurs to less than six points off the drop zone, while the 11 point gap Manchester City have in the 4th spot in the points table, will only grow bigger.

So this is one game Pochettino needs a result from and it is understandable that this could be a decider for his future.

Can Tottenham Hotspur Let Him Leave?

The story from the Telegraph claims that the likes of Jose Mourinho and Massimiliano Allegri, both of who are currently out of a job, could be front runners to replace Pochettino at the club.

Both names are decent options but Daniel Levy will be vary of the £12.5m that sacking Pochettino might cost the club.

Moreover, sticking with the Argentine till the end of the season, irrespective of the results will certainly open more avenues for replacements.

Pochettino has done tremendously well since taking over the club back in 2014 but his biggest achievement till date remains the Champions League final appearance in Madrid earlier this year.

A strong side usually bounces back from such games. Spurs are a club known for their mental strength on and off the field but the loss at Metropolitano seems to have adversely affected the players and something needs to change for the club to turn into title contenders in the next few years.

Tottenham Hotspur spent over £100m in the summer earlier this year but have not been able to improve on their performances from the last season.

And by the week, it is evident that Pochettino is unable to turn things around inside the dressing room or on the field.

To add to it, players like Christian Eriksen are happy to leave at the end of the season on a free, showing a clear lack of desire and cohesiveness with the group.

A club of Tottenham’s stature and what they want to achieve, sometimes warrants harsh decisions and Pochettino could deservedly be at the end of one such move by Levy if Spurs do drop points at West Ham in a fortnight.

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