Proven Winner over Proven Prem?
If we are still assuming it is a two horse race between De Boer and Pochettino, what are the biggest advantages of one over the other?
For me it is always impossible to truly judge any manager until he has had time in the job and the opportunity to stamp his ideas and authority onto the players and club as a whole. This of course makes any discussion purely hypothetical, however I do feel that we see two obvious advantages between the two potential managers, over their rival.
Firstly there is the obvious consideration that Pochettino has already settled in England and of course the Premiership, which cannot be underestimated. I must confess to thinking Southampton mad to sack a good manager and employ someone with what appeared to be a very undistinguished track record in management and who had no Prem experience and hardly spoke a word of English. How wrong I was…
Pochettino has proved the doubters wrong and then some! He has developed the playing style, to make his side hard to beat, whilst also very easy on the eye. Can you imagine a Tottenham side that pressed so hard when not in possession, but retained and perhaps improved their possession game? You would like to think that Spurs have better players, greater financial muscle and ability to lure better players, not to mention superb facilities. should we expect This guy to make us a better side and improve our position?
The big question mark with Pochettino is that he has no history of winning or even competing for trophies. He has spent his managerial time either fighting relegation or in mid-table positions of relative comfort. Does this still ask a question over his ability to instil a winning mentality, whilst also how is he with player egos and reputations? The higher the ladder you climb, the greater pressure and expectation. Is he up to this?
Winning is something Frank De Boer has lived with as a player and latterly as a manager. 15 Player and 5 managerial winners trophies plus 112 international caps (including a World Cup final) would indicate that this guy is a winner and is at ease with pressure and working and dealing with big names and ego`s. Of course some will argue that AVB won trophies, but did he have the career of De Boer or the success in management over the same period. The same also applies to Juande Ramos.
Is there a downside to De Boer that he has no Premiership experience? He has done well against good English teams in the CL with a side that isn`t on the same financial planet and like Pochettino, looks to play attacking football, but also with a good structure. Having no Prem experience is greatly eased by his perfect English and no doubt he would look at having a coaching staff with Prem knowledge and experience to ease his transition. Dennis Bergkamp might be too Arsenal for Spurs, but what of someone like Bryan Roy, who played for Forest in the mid 90`s?
Does a proven history of being a winner or having experience in the league really offer either a major advantage? Personally I think either are decent shouts and it might come down to the interview and how badly they actually want the job...