It’s going to be a big summer for Spurs and PochettinoIn recent days Pochettino has made it clear he wants more ambition next season from the club and for them to operate like a big club, one with the world’s best stadium and training ground.It has felt much more like an ultimatum than last year’s version after the final game against Leicester at Wembley.This time Pochettino has spoken about being open to taking a sabbatical or his future being elsewhere and it feels like a lot stronger message than 12 months ago.In his mind he will be thinking ‘Despite all problems I’ve had to deal with in my toughest season ever at the club I’ve taken them to a top four finish for the fourth year in a row and into their first ever Champions League final’.He’ll be thinking that he shouldn’t have to battle away for another season of hardship, slogging away with no help from above when Manchester City, Liverpool and Manchester United in particular will spend big again this summer. If that’s the case then he’ll never beat what he’s achieved in recent years so what’s the point in fighting his way down the table?That he still doesn’t know what Levy has planned for next season is unusual when the two men have the closest relationship of any manager with the quiet chairman.In recent days though Pochettino has made it clear he wants more ambition next season from the club and for them to operate like a big club, one with the world’s best stadium and training ground.It has felt much more like an ultimatum than last year’s version after the final game against Leicester at Wembley.This time Pochettino has spoken about being open to taking a sabbatical or his future being elsewhere and it feels like a lot stronger message than 12 months ago.In his mind he will be thinking ‘Despite all problems I’ve had to deal with in my toughest season ever at the club I’ve taken them to a top four finish for the fourth year in a row and into their first ever Champions League final’.He’ll be thinking that he shouldn’t have to battle away for another season of hardship, slogging away with no help from above when Manchester City, Liverpool and Manchester United in particular will spend big again this summer. If that’s the case then he’ll never beat what he’s achieved in recent years so what’s the point in fighting his way down the table?That he still doesn’t know what Levy has planned for next season is unusual when the two men have the closest relationship of any manager with the quiet chairman.Levy knows it would be woeful management on his part not to back the man who has performed miracles with a fraction of the budget of Tottenham’s top six rivals.If Pochettino walks then he takes with him a philosophy that runs deeply through the veins of the club from the first team down to the academy. Whoever comes in next will need time to implement their own ideas and plan.The club won’t be able to bring in a superstar manager. They require superstar transfer funds and if Levy has to find the money for one man, it needs to be Mauricio Pochettino.This could well be the biggest summer in Tottenham’s history, the one which decides whether they step up to the next level or spend years trying to recover from building a new stadium like their rivals down the road.Pochettino must feel like all of his and his players’ ambitions can be achieved in N17 and they progress as a club.



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