The latter seems to be the complete opposite of the Argentine in so many ways, but there is one thing he has consistently done throughout his career – win trophies! Spurs last won silverware in the 2007/08 campaign, and it seems the club decided it is time to throw the rest of their philosophies overboard in order to end their trophy drought. They have appointed a serial winner to do so, but does Mourinho still have what is needed?
Pochettino’s spell will not be forgotten!
Mauricio Pochettino seems to have become a victim of his own success, and his sacking shows how football has changed. Yes, he did not win a trophy during his five years in charge of Tottenham Hotspur, but he did oversee one of the best spells in the club’s history. When he was appointed head coach, he became the team’s 10th manager over a 12year span, and lasted five years in the job. In his first year, he reached the League Cup final but lost 2-0 to Chelsea, while in his second season – Leicester City’s fairytale campaign – Spurs ended in third spot in the Premier League. The following season, Spurs finished with a club-record high of 86 points – their highest-ever points tally in the Premier League and their highest finish in 52 years. Pochettino also became the first Spurs manager to win 100 Premier League games, and is also third-quickest manager to achieve this feat for a single club. In 2018/19, Pochettino led Spurs to their firstever European Cup final, but his side ended up second-best after being beaten 2-0 in the final by Liverpool.
These incredible achievements aside, Pochettino’s work to build the current Tottenham side also cannot be underestimated. He gave players such as Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Eric Dier a chance in the first team, and they repaid his faith with many brilliant performances, becoming England internationals along the way. The season Spurs reached the Champions League final, Pochettino did not spend a single cent in the transfer market in order for the club to finance their new stadium. However, all of these achievements did not count in the end as the one thing Pochettino was not able to do was win a trophy.
Poch out, Mourinho in!
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For this reason, Clinton Larsen was shown the door as head coach, but still, under new mentor Norman Mapeza, the struggle persists, although they did win two games on the trot recently.
They have the character
Cut Lehlohonolo Seema’s skin andhe’ll probably bleed green andwhite – such has been the man’s loyalty to Bloemfontein Celtic. Born and bred in neighbouring Lesotho, the Mangaung outfit is a club that’s always had a pull factor on him. So much that it is they who pulled him from obscure Bantu United from the mountainous kingdom in 1998, and he would go on to represent the club until 2006 when the allure of Orlando Pirates, understandably, proved too great a pull factor. Yet even a five-year spell with the Soweto giants, which included a season-long loan stint at Mpumalanga Black Aces, would not prevent him being pulled back in the direction of Siwelele, albeit to begin a coaching journey in the junior ranks. The next step was to become an assistant, a job he performed with aplomb, before being called on to take the hotseat together with John Maduka after the departure of Steve Komphela at the tail end of 2018. Much against general expectation, the duo has done fairly well, if Celtic’s off-field troubles of the recent past are to be taken into consideration. Soccer Laduma’s Beaver Nazo sat down with Seema to discuss this, that, and the other.
They are on another level
Before signing for Mamelodi Sundowns last season,Lyle Lakay knew that he would be used as a leftback and not in his preferred left wing position, something that he surprisingly did not have a problem with. In his first season with the club last term, he played a key role as they went onto win an unprecedented ninth Absa Premiership league title. This season has been a bit of a slow one for Lakay, who has been used mostly as a substitute, but there’s still a lot of football to be played both locally and on the continent, so he has time to fight for his place in the starting line-up. In this interview, the former Cape Town City and Bloemfontein Celtic player chats to Soccer Laduma’s Tshepang Mailwane about his time at the Tshwane giants so far, their chances of winning the CAF Champions League and why he believes they can close the gap on current Kaizer Chiefs, who have been in fine form since the start of the campaign.
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Jose Is Back, Will He Last?
Jose Mourinho has re-turned with a bang! Not many would have thought Tottenham Hotspur would sack Mauricio Pochettino after the Argentine led them to the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League final, and even fewer would have thought chairman Daniel Levy would replace him with Jose Mourinho.
It Was Challenging
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He Is Not Personal
He may not be gettingregular game-timedomestically with Bidvest Wits, but attacking midfielder Gift Motupa is making a name for himself in this season’s CAF Confederation Cup. The 25-year-old player has bagged six goals in the campaign so far, inspiring the Clever Boys to the group stages of a CAF club competition for the first time in their history. It has not been the same in the domestic league though, with just one start so far and one goal. Having done so well in the Confederation Cup, he will no doubt be hoping that coach Gavin Hunt will give him more opportunities to play in the Absa Premiership as the Braamfontein-based outfit looks to challenge for the title. In this interview with Soccer Laduma’s Tshepang Mailwane, Motupa expresses his excitement about qualifying for
That's Me Wherever I Go
As a coach, former Kaizer Chiefs striker Wedson Nyirenda prides himself on being blessed with the mentality of a winner. So much that when talking about his past achievements in the realm of coaching, you can almost never miss the sparkle in his eye, and often this trip down memory lane will be accompanied by a smile that tells a story of contentment and achievement. He has built up a reputation, across all three countries he has worked in, of turning socalled ordinary teams into respected outfits. He did it with Baroka FC, helping them to annex the 2018 Telkom Knockout trophy much against many people’s expectations. However, the going has since gotten tougher, and the Limpopo side is (still) struggling to score goals this season. What is going on? Is Nyirenda going to jump ship and go back to his previous role as Zambia national team coach, as the rumour mill seems to suggest? Nyirenda provides the answers in this chat with Soccer Laduma’s Beaver Nazo.
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IN THAT NUMBER
Continuing a new feature for this season, as we put one of our fans in the hotseat each issue to find out more about their support and what Spurs means to them.
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WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
A talented midfielder with a wand of a left-foot, ANDY REID joined us from Nottingham Forest in January, 2005, but left just 18 months later as he was restricted to limited opportunities in a Spurs shirt. We recently caught up with the former Republic of Ireland international to discuss his time at the club, his journey since and find out what he’s up to now.
THREE OF A KIND
CONTINUING OUR SERIES FOR 2020/21, WHERE WE’LL ASK PLAYERS, LEGENDS AND FANS FOR THEIR SPURS TOP THREE - GOALS, MOMENTS, SAVES, MATCHES, MAYBE EVEN KITS!
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