Tottenham’s visit to West Ham after the international break is seen as “decisive” by the club for Mauricio Pochettino’s future in the dugout, according to reports.
Spurs‘ poor start to the season was compounded last weekend with a draw against Sheffield United, which left the club in 14th in the Premier League table after 12 games and without a league victory in five attempts.
Tottenham have not won away in the league since January and, as such, the Daily Telegraph claims that the result against the Hammers is not only “make or break” for their season but also for Pochettino.
The newspaper claims that defeat would bring up serious doubts about his capability and goes on to say that without following suit with Arsenal and West Ham in publicly backing their manager, theories are growing that the Tottenham hierarchy is considering a change.
What’s more, it is claimed that three names could be considered to replace him if the club feels the need to do so – Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe, RB Leipzig’s Julian Nagelsmann and England manager Gareth Southgate.
However, the Telegraph adds that Spurs chairman Daniel Levy would be unlikely to sack Pochettino mid-season due to the fact that it could cost the club £12.5m to do so and then leads to the responsibility of finding a mid-season replacement or installing a caretaker boss.
Spurs’ last win in the league came against Southampton at the end of September, with the side drawing twice and losing three times since then.