It's been the same old story for the Tottenham Hotspur fans at the beginning of the new Premier League season. A promising first few games have been followed by some dismal performances, both at White Hart Lane and on their travels.
For this reason, manager Mauricio Pochettino has been put under early pressure, almost immediately. But, is he really the main problem at the club, or does the blame lie somewhere else?
Sitting in a lowly 11th position after eight games was certainly not the plan for the Argentine boss, and after thumping QPR 4-0 early on, things were looking extremely promising for the Lilywhites.
But, recent defeats to the likes of West Bromwich Albion and Newcastle United, compiled with the usual defeats to,Manchester City and Liverpool, have left Spurs loitering in mid-table and no real sense of consistency within their squad.
It seems that, after years of quick-fire changes in the managerial ranks, and season upon season of major upheaval, the problem may not be the man in the charge of the team, but perhaps that the squad he has been dealt is not aligned with Daniel Levy's wishes of Champions League football.
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It would be of no use to the club to now bring a new manager to the helm, but to give Pochettino time to assemble his own team and philosophy, that worked wonders at Southampton.
But, Levy and the Spurs fans are known to be rather impatient, and it is beginning to become a priority for results to improve, and fast.
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