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Former Spurs defender Chimbonda says blame the board not Pochettino

PUBLISHED: 08:11 22 October 2019 | UPDATED: 08:11 22 October 2019

Tottenham Hotspur defender Pascal Chimbonda (r) and Portsmouth's John Utaka battle for the ball (Pic: Anthony Devlin/PA)

Tottenham Hotspur defender Pascal Chimbonda (r) and Portsmouth's John Utaka battle for the ball (Pic: Anthony Devlin/PA)

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Former Tottenham Hotspur full-back Pascal Chimbonda, says blame the board, not Mauricio Pochettino, as gambling.com data predicts 15th place finish on current form.

With just 23 points from their last 21 League games, Tottenham's form is more consistent with a relegation battle, than a top-four challenge and pressure has been mounting on Manager, Mauricio Pochettino, who is one of the front runners in the Premier League sack race.

Former Spurs man, Pascal Chimbonda, says the Argentine isn't to blame and suggests chairman, Daniel Levy, should take responsibility for his lack of investment in the squad.

"It's been pretty much the same team for two years in a row, and if you want to be a big team, you have to buy players and keep your squad fresh.

"I don't think they should change the manager. I think some players' heads have gone and the manager has no alternative options, and that's what's causing problems in the Spurs team.

"Sometimes Pochettino only has one player available in a certain position, and that's not necessarily his fault. Things have become stale because of the lack of options."

The Tottenham Chairman has a track record of firing managers on October, 25, but former France international, Chimbonda, believes Levy can afford to be more patient with the man who took Spurs to the Champions League final just five months ago.

"You never know in football. Things can happen at any time and managers can leave in an instant, but I don't think Daniel Levy would take that decision right now.

"Even if they get a bad result in the Champions League on Tuesday, I don't think anything will happen, I think he'll wait until closer to January to see if things have improved and, if not, then maybe he'll consider his options."

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As speculation over Pochettino's future builds, Jose Mourinho has been rumoured as a potential successor, but for Chimbonda such an appointment would make little sense after five and a half years of Project Poch.

"If anything, Spurs would be better off going for a manager with a similar style of play to Pochettino so that a new manager could come in work well with what's already there.

"Mourinho isn't like that, he has his own way or nothing, and it just wouldn't work with this set of players.

"You have to remember that everything at Spurs has been worked towards for the past five or six years, and by and large it's been really good, so to change direction completely wouldn't make any sense."

Chimbonda also told Gambling.com that a couple of good results could kick start a campaign for a Champions League place.

"I don't think it will be necessary for them to change manager though - I still think they'll make the top four. Once the players get their minds right and get back on board with Pochettino's tactics, I think they'll come through this bad moment.

"All it will take is for Tottenham to win three games in a row for everything to get back on track and the mood to be back to normal."

For more analysis on Tottenham Hotspurs' poor run of form, read the Gambling.com article in full, here:

https://www.gambling.com/news/tottenham-s-form-makes-relegation-more-likely-than-title-win-2120400.

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