Why Pochettino is preferred over Conte
A number of reasons give Pochettino the decisive advantage over Conte. First, you cannot ignore Pochettino’s history with the club. What he accomplished on a comparatively shoestring budget during his reign at Spurs is nothing short of sensational.
Many people are saying his inability to win a trophy in north London makes him a less desirable candidate. However, Pochettino didn’t have full autonomy at Spurs, his transfer requests continually scuppered by Daniel Levy, whose financial commitments revolved almost entirely around Tottenham’s new state-of-the-art stadium.
Pochettino, had he been given complete decision-making authority, would have won a trophy sooner or later. He was prematurely sacked and has unfinished business with his former club, knowing that under the right circumstances he can lead Tottenham to glory.
He’s also loyal and committed to the long-term project, something Tottenham aren’t assured of in Conte’s case. Pochettino already has the support and trust of the core group of players at Hotspur Way. He knows the club intimately and, for a time, got on well with embattled chairman Daniel Levy.
There is no doubt that securing Pochettino’s second stint at Tottenham would represent a huge public relations win for Levy, but that doesn’t mean it’s not the right decision. Pochettino also cares deeply about what happens to Tottenham Hotspur, unlike Conte, who is mainly driven by the alluring financial package on offer.
People are usually more successful when they have an emotional connection, if harnessed appropriately, to the project. Supporters will also be more patient with Pochettino, knowing what to expect of his philosophy and methodologies.
Pochettino will use his connection to the club as a galvanizing force, ensuring optimal chance of success. Thus he is the clear choice to lead Spurs on a journey that will hopefully see the club finally end their going-on 14-year trophy-less streak.