Mauricio Pochettino appears resigned to an impending exit from Tottenham as he’s ‘had enough’ of being manager, one ex-Spurs player has told talkSPORT.
Jamie O’Hara joined the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast the day after his former club were embarrassed by Colchester in the Carabao Cup, losing on penalties to the League Two mid-table side after a 0-0 draw.
Falling at the first hurdle dealt Spurs a huge blow in their hunt for silverware this season, as many consider the Carabao Cup one of the more likely trophies Tottenham can realistically win.
But that trophy is already off the table, and given Spurs’ struggles so far this term it doesn’t appear likely they’ll be seriously challenging for any other silverware in 2019/20.
And another season without silverware means Tottenham will pass the 12-year mark since last lifting a trophy, a wait which has long frustrated fans.
“We all know that we need a trophy,” said O’Hara on talkSPORT. “I speak to all the Spurs fans and they are all, ‘we want a trophy, we want a trophy’.
“And that is one where you can get to the latter stages of the competition pretty early on and if you do there is a chance of winning it.
“To go out straight away is poor.”
While Pochettino has been widely criticised in the wake of the match, with ‘#PochOut’ trending on social media, O’Hara says the manager is not to blame.
In fact, the former midfielder says the players are to blame and Pochettino is noticeably getting frustrated by his charges.
And O’Hara even thinks Pochettino looks like he’s done with Spurs and is ready to leave!
“You’ve got to look at the players,” continued O’Hara. “There is only so much responsibility the manager can have because as soon as they walk over that white line…
“He will prepare that team and his training sessions are amazing, and he will prepare a side to go and beat a team like Colchester.
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“There were some big players in that team; Dele Alli started the game… it was a proper side.
“You are expecting them to win that game and I don’t think they were up for it.
“I looked at it and thought, ‘are they up for this? Do they really want it?’
“The problem is now is it’s another trophy we could have won which we have now lost.
“It’s getting to the point where I’m looking at Poch’s interviews and he looks like, ‘I’m on the verge here, I’ve had enough’.”