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The Evolution of Tottenham Hotspur's Coaching Journey Post-Pochettino Era

Spurs v Sheffield United was Pochettino's last game in charge

Tottenham Hotspur underwent a significant transition following the departure of Mauricio Pochettino. It marked the end of an era for the club, and in many ways an era of continuous progress under the manager. Since then, the club has had various coaching appointments, and even a couple of caretakers to fill in the gaps. Let's look at the post-Pochettino era, the coaches who have taken the reins at Spurs and their impact on the club.

The Pochettino Legacy:

Before delving into the post-Pochettino era, it's only right to acknowledge the impact Mauricio Pochettino had on Tottenham Hotspur. Appointed in 2014, Pochettino instilled a high-pressing, attacking style of football while prioritizing youth development. Under him Spurs evolved into a good team, albeit not always a standout title contender, securing top-four finishes in the Premier League and reaching the UEFA Champions League final in 2019 as documented by Sports Loci sports stats. Pochettino's departure in 2019 came shortly after that loss in the UCL final and it was a statement from the ownership that they wanted to one, win trophies, and two, make the most of their team's potential.

The Mourinho Interlude:

Following Pochettino's departure, Spurs turned to a legendary name in Jose Mourinho to lead the club forward. Mourinho, known for his unique coaching approach, trophy-laden career, and yes his personality, brought a sense of pragmatism and experience to Spurs. After all Spurs wanted a trophy, Mourinho was known for getting trophies, and had even better, already done it in the EPL. His tenure saw moments of brilliance, including progression to the knockout stages of the Europa League. But most of his time in charge was plagued by inconsistency and clashes with key players, leading to his dismissal in April 2021. After Mourinho the club was in a bit of a chaotic state, not just from a footballing standpoint, but there were clear problems within the locker room. Mourinho was vocal during his time in charge, and can even be accused perhaps of being too critical, of a lack of winning attitude within the team. Players not only clashed with him, but clashed with each other, and the team felt shattered from a deeper level than just on the pitch.

The Rise of Ryan Mason:

In the wake of Mourinho's departure, Tottenham turned to a familiar face in Ryan Mason to guide the team for the remainder of the 2020-2021 season. A former player who rose through the ranks of Tottenham's youth academy, Mason brought a sense of continuity and connection to the club, and after the Mourinho drama brought even some homegrown empathy. Despite his relative lack of managerial experience, Spurs did see an upturn in performances. But he was never a long-term solution and at the end of the season his time in charge ended.

Nuno Espirito Santo's Reign:

As the 2021-2022 season approached, Tottenham Hotspur appointed Nuno Espirito Santo as their new manager. Mostly known for his defensive solidity, Nuno arrived with a clear vision to stabilize Spurs' defense while maintaining their attacking strengths. He had a promising start, with Tottenham enjoying an unbeaten run in the Premier League, but, inconsistencies crept in, leading to a downturn in form and ultimately Nuno's quick departure in 2021.

The Conte Revolution:

Tottenham then made a bold statement by appointing Antonio Conte as their new manager. A serial winner with a proven track record at top clubs across Europe, Conte was going to bring a winning mentality to Spurs. His arrival revitalized the team, instilling a sense of belief and intensity on the pitch. Under Conte's guidance, Tottenham experienced a resurgence in form, climbing up the Premier League table and challenging for a top-four finish. Conte's emphasis on defensive organization and high-tempo pressing reinvigorated the squad. But he had a short stint as well due to personal reasons.

The Interim Periods:

After all these managerial changes, Tottenham experienced interim periods led by Cristian Stellini and Ryan Mason's second stint in charge.

Ange Postecoglou - Current Manager:

Following the departure of Conte, Tottenham Hotspur appointed Ange Postecoglou as their new manager. Known for his attacking style of football and success in Australia and Japan, Postecoglou is bringing a fresh perspective to Spurs.

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