A decidedly modern part of football is the amount of time and energy spent pedalling bonkers scenarios, serving the hottest takes, pushing the edgiest envelope.


With Mauricio Pochettino and Daniel Levy ​reportedly holding talks over the former's future at the club in the long-term, it's easy for a meeting to stir sensationalist fans.


POCHETTINO:

You were chairman of Tottenham Hotspur before I came here. I remember that. When Tottenham Hotspur were lingering in purgatory, when nobody outside of England had heard of them for thirty years and nobody outside of England had heard of Daniel bloody Levy ever. Full stop. And that's where you'd still be if it wasn't for me, where nobody remembered you and nobody had heard of you. There would BE no modern Tottenham Hotspur without me, no title challenges, no Champions League final; not without Mauricio Pochettino.


LEVY:

I'm going to give you some good advice, Mauricio Pochettino. No matter how good you think you are, or how clever, or how many fancy new friends you make on the telly, the reality of footballing life is this: the Chairman is the boss, then come the directors, then the secretary, then the fans, then the players, and finally, last of all, bottom-of-the-heap, lowest of the low, the one in the end we can all without, is the bloody manager.

Mauricio Pochettino,Daniel Levy

​That's probably not what happened.


The drama at Tottenham is ​one that could have been prevented, and it seems everyone bar those actually at the club can see it. Pochettino's stock remains high across Europe in spite of the poor start to the season, in spite of the 7-2 thrashing by Bayern, in spite of never having won a Carabao Cup. To the rest of the world, Pochettino made the modern ​Spurs, he is the Diego Simeone to their Atletico Madrid, maybe even the Arsene Wenger to their Arsenal (sorry).


This is the first time the club has encountered real adversity in their current guise. When Pochettino was fearing the sack in 2014, Tottenham had the same reputation as Everton and the work he's put in since shows how far they've come from those times. Levy has insisted that he ​wants Pochettino to be Spurs' Sir Alex Ferguson, while the Argentine said only this year that he would ​like to stay at the club for 20 years. To last that long, you have to face up to adversity and do what needs to be done to survive, and having fumbled his attempts of a rebuild over a two-year period, the board certainly owe their manager the time to turn it around.

Mauricio Pochettino

It's true that a lot of top managers have problems turning these situations around - most top managers don't get into situations like this in the first place, but it's not unheard of. Jurgen Klopp burned out at Borussia Dortmund, Jose Mourinho faded at every club he was at this decade, Wenger at Arsenal again. Sometimes the mould erodes and decays too much that it simply just doesn't work anymore, but Pochettino to this point has built a managerial career based on changing perceptions.


No-one believed Tottenham could finish in the top four, no-one believed they could challenge for the title, no-one even fathomed them reaching a Champions League final. Pochettino's role at the club in the last six years has been one of a pioneer and a firefighter, simultaneously leading Spurs to unprecedented heights in the modern era and finding a way to save them from going up in flames - it's only now that they're getting a little burnt.


To take Spurs to the next level, he stressed the need to 'be brave' and take more risks - he did not envisage these risks including signing a grand total of zero players over 500 days. Winning trophies is a hard task on the budget he's been working on, and Tottenham challenging for the Premier League and Champions League has done more for changing the culture of the club than winning a domestic trophy would. Squeezing every last drop out of players at his disposal has forced rivals to use the last weapon at their disposal against Pochettino: 'But what has he won?'

Pre-Season Friendly"Real Madrid v Tottenham Hotspur FC"

If Pochettino were to leave, he'd almost certainly get a move to a 'bigger' club, he'd almost certainly be successful, and the world would almost certainly be penning his departure as the biggest 'Spursy' moment possible. It's just so obvious, and the club have the power to stop those moments from happening, for those column inches to be written for years on end. In a sense, they're the masters of his fate, whether he's showered in success in N17 or elsewhere.


Levy's reputation as a frugal businessman will be tested over how he deals with this situation: would the master negotiator rather undergo a rebuild overhauling this squad with their best manager in the last 50 years at the helm, or do it with an inferior coach instead? Stick or twist; twist and you land a manager who's either inferior or not at the level required in 2019 (Jose Mourinho? After all the fire's he's started when Spurs are trying to put one out?).

Mauricio Pochettino,Jose Mourinho

POCHETTINO:

Let me ask you a question, Daniel. What did you come into football for?


LEVY:

To support the football club of my home town, the club I've supported ALL MY LIFE.


POCHETTINO:

Well, I'm sure we all admire your loyalty...


LEVY:

What I DIDN'T come into it for was to be lectured by some cocky little twat from 90min.


​Stick to the script, Daniel. Back the man you want as your Fergie.


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