Don Raul sliding into Poch’s DMs?

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The BIG news hitting the Twitter waves last night was the Sami Mokbel story about Poch being on the out. An exit plan has been touted and the internal noise is the team is bracing for the sweet long goodbye.

If Jose Mourinho looked sexy to Don Raul, surely the idea of stealing Spurs most successful manager since 1745 would be the coup of the century?

The Spurs manager could be the Sol Campbell move of 2019. He speaks great English, his players love working with him, and he’s dragged Spurs to a European Cup final working on beans.

Arsenal would represent a bigger club. They’d back him with more money. Arsenal’s postcode means he wouldn’t need to move.

Sure, he’d have to wear a bullet proof vest. He’d not be able to walk the streets alone. He might have a pigs head thrown at him.

… but that’s show business baby.

I know it is highly unlikely we’d make a move as bold as that, but damn, there’s no coach more suited to picking up this current Arsenal squad than him ‘if’ he comes onto the market.

Players would pay attention to him, the guy has sauce and builds great relationships with players. The fact he’s kept so much talent there underpaid tells you all you need to know about his ability to create, sell, and manage a vision. His football is high octane pressing. Sure, it’s not Thomas Tuchel levels of tactical fluidity, but his football is built for the Premier League and a huge step up from Emeryball. Ultimately, if he becomes available, there’s no better coach in the world for a midseason switch.

I’d say, fuck the sabattical, come to the Arsenal and we will treat you like a king.

Fuck Spurs.

Also, I LOVE that the managers they are being linked to are Carlo, Eddie Howe and a Nagelsmann. Beautiful.

Some Spanish papers are reporting that Enrique is lining up the Arsenal job. A little more Raul, a little more the mates network. That would be so on brand for Raul. Would be £14m a year badly spent in my opinion. Let’s hope that noise is simply Enrique’s PR people desperately muddying the waters in the hope someone will bite on the rotten bait.

Someone that’s certainly making noises in the press is LTs agent. He’s making life hard for Emery because he feels affronted that he’s being used like a square peg in a bonfire. Can’t disagree if I’m honest.

That said, I struggle with LT in the Premier League. He’s very small and he doesn’t counter that with Kante like power and pace. He’s a little lost in our team and I fear he’s not a fit for the cold weather of the UK. That said, he had a great game last night for Uraguay. How can you judge any DM in an Unai Emery system playing as a 10?

What a last sentence that was. Reread it. That’s Arsenal 2019 baby.

New topic.

I think the Arsenal equivalent of finding out a relative is a racist on the internet is following someone on Twitter, thinking they’re a beast analyst for pointing out Emery’s weaknesses, then suddenly realizing this analytical prowess wasn’t there when Wenger was the coach. It’s quite spectacular that some of these data people spent 10 years ignoring the obvious, now they’re out here conducting their Advanced Analytics PHD on ousting Emery.

Staggering lack of self-awareness.

Anyway, I don’t know why I started off on that? I think I read someone complaining that the .com had not offered up congrats to Wenger on his new job ‘managing world football.’ Now, let me explain this once, and once only.

Arsenal.com people know that Wenger wanted to get back into football. They worked with him daily. They heard the stories, saw the man in action, followed his life in great detail.

Wenger, sadly, has resorted to taking a ceremonial desk job at the most corrupt organisation in the western world.

The reason the .com didn’t celebrate his job is because it would have been disrespectful.

It’d be like getting fired from your global operations role at Nike, struggling to find a job for 16 months, then having the main Nike Twitter handle congratulate you on your new job as a bin man..

Still, at least the fans would be saying, ‘HE RUNS GLOBAL BINS BRUH HE’S ON TOP OF THE WORLD.’

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493 Responses to “Don Raul sliding into Poch’s DMs?”

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  1. Unai

    Left, Spuds players will be excited by Jose, hes one if the greatest coaches of recent times, has way more pull than Potch.

    They may decide to stay because of him.

  2. siddharth14

    The fact that Spurs have decided to get rid of Poch speaks volumes about their club management being proactive and taking risky decisions rather than taking a safety first approach, continuing to dither and ultimately spectacularly failing when push comes to shove and doing a royal mess in terms of a new hire.

    Spurs have done the right thing in parting ways with Poch. You cannot question it from any angle whatsoever. I doubt if we will ever see such bold decisions taken by our club anytime soon. In fact, it is just another jolt to Arsenal fans about the joke our club has become.

  3. Receding Hairline

    “He just happens to be a very good manager and has all the attributes that Emery is lacking, so of course any intelligent fan would rather have him as our manager .”

    The man with all the attributes the other lacks has 10 career trophies. TEN to nil

    Pochettino was in his sixth year at his Spurs project , this was the year they are closer to Liverpool and City than ever now they are being outperformed by Leicester and Frank’s Chelsea and you want to discuss Emery

    Shameless

  4. Jim furnell

    Jose will likely give them a trophy, EFL/ FA Cup which nobody likes to see but it’s a silver lining for AFC because he will now never manage at the Emirates. Unai remains a when not an if and when that comes it’s time to appoint a dynamic forward thinking coach, not a dinosaur. The Poch disaster started when he was linked to bigger fish, Levy couldn’t deal with that and tried to pull internal strings to undermine him. I’d take him in a heartbeat over UE but he’ll be away to Europe.

  5. Receding Hairline

    “Left, Spuds players will be excited by Jose, hes one if the greatest coaches of recent times, has way more pull than Potch. They may decide to stay because of him.”

    You are thinking what i am thinking. Will be very curious to see how many who wanted out now end u staying

  6. Unai

    RH, you cant seriously say youd take Emery over Potch.

    Emerys football is so incredibly drab and its patently clear hes not going to achieve anything in the prem, at least you feel Potch has a chance in the prem.

  7. Receding Hairline

    “Man management
    Good tactician and team formation.
    Clear and precise tactics that the players understand.”

    “Put the Champions League run to one side and Spurs have been in near relegation form since the turn of the year.

    Cast your eye back to the midway point of last season and Pochettino’s men were second in table, six points adrift of Liverpool. But any ideas of a title challenge have disappeared since then with just six wins in their last 24 league outings.

    A dire second half to the domestic campaign saw them scrape into fourth place, ultimately finishing 27 points behind winners Manchester City.

    Things have not improved this term, the north London outfit already 20 points adrift of leaders Liverpool after just three wins in 12 games.

    Those victories, which all came at home to Aston Villa, Crystal Palace and Southampton, seem a distant memory with the team’s form on a seemingly downward spiral. Their last league win came just under two months ago and they have failed to triumph in any of their last five, a 3-0 defeat at Brighton a particular low point.”

    Daily Mail

    Seems those clear and precise instructions have not been paying off since January

    I have asked a question here since January no one has bothered to answer, in all those games we were very good at last season who was issuing the instructions. Pochettino has net beaten Emery in a league game since Emery came over here, in fact we all treated the 2-2 draw like a loss this season , yet this busted man who clearly needs a rest is supposed to waltz in and do better with our team after failing so miserably since January with the team he built.

    I am all for sacking Emery but at least have a clear vision in place of what you want your club to be not hand me downs from Tottenham Hotspur

  8. Unai

    Not just that Receeding, I’m interested to see who else wants to join over the next few windows.

    As much as he gets stick, Jose is a huge name, a winner and players are all about playing for winners.

  9. Receding Hairline

    RH, you cant seriously say youd take Emery over Potch.

    It should never be a case of one of either of them and it isn’t.. Let Tottenham’s recently sacked coach, sacked for poor performance, take a rest.

    Max Allegri doesn’t have a job and is a proven winner, we can spend considerable funds if need be to get an already engaged manager and let him run his vision.

    Pochettino is not a winner and i don’t think he will ever be one.

  10. Unai

    “I am all for sacking Emery but at least have a clear vision in place of what you want your club to be not hand me downs from Tottenham Hotspur”

    Right with you on this though, hes damaged goods at the moment, clearly hes been through the ringer and his ideas have gone stale.

    If hes got anything about him he’ll take a break to reset.

  11. Un na naai

    I am all for sacking Emery but at least have a clear vision in place of what you want your club to be not hand me downs from Tottenham Hotspur

    Stupid comment.
    After mugging yourself off and backing emery for 18 months you’re now labelling one of the best coaches in world football a hand me down? As cc would say, have a word with your self

  12. Un na naai

    Pochettino is not a winner and i don’t think he will ever be one.

    Put Pochettino in the Juve hot seat and he will hand you 3 titles.

    You think allegri would be a proven winner for spurs, Southampton and Espanyol?
    Nooooooo

  13. Receding Hairline

    “The biggest problem for Pochettino has been that his side have found it almost impossible to win on the road.

    Somewhat incredibly, Tottenham haven’t picked up a victory away from home in the league since a 2-1 win at Fulham in January.

    They have become a far more beatable side, nine of those 13 winless matches ending in defeat.

    Domestic scalps in general have been hard to come by, but that sort of away form is inexcusable for a club with Tottenham’s ambitions. ”

    Yea bring in a man having issues away from home to fix our dismal away form

    Wonderful thinking

  14. Receding Hairline

    “Put Pochettino in the Juve hot seat and he will hand you 3 titles.”

    Well he has to earn the Juve job first

    Ask yourself why none of this top clubs who are expected to fight a battle for him now he has been sacked never went out of their way to pay Spurs for his services.

    Wait and see where he lands before rimming him repeatedly

    Now back in your cage

  15. Receding Hairline

    “You think allegri would be a proven winner for spurs, Southampton and Espanyol?
    Nooooooo”

    Would Pochettino have won three straight European titles with Sevilla?

    What exactly do Spurs fans and players have as a memorabilia of their time with Pochettino? Go on tell me

  16. Samesong

    Until Poch wins anything it’s all just hear say. Its one building a team of youngsters.
    Very different propostion with a team of ego mania stars.

  17. Leedsgunner

    Mourinho will provide a temporary bounce for about a year… then it will go south as it has done recently.

    I wouldn’t be too despairing yet…

    Although I think the Arsenal hierarchy will rue not getting rid of Emery… with him in charge our top 4 chances are very very slim.

    If we miss top 4 that means we have to begin the rebuilding process all over again…

  18. Receding Hairline

    ” one of the best coaches in world football a hand me down? ”

    Tired of reading this nonsense

    Jose will now go on to win a couple of cups with Spurs in all probability, Spurs fans will move on Poch while here on le grove he will remain a god

  19. Receding Hairline

    “If we miss top 4 that means we have to begin the rebuilding process all over again…”

    Why?

    According to some of you we already have a squad good enough for this and that, so why do we begin rebuilding when all we need is Torriera at DM and we are flying.

  20. Alex James

    Oh dear! Spurs have got themselves a proven winner, whilst we continue our march into oblivion with UE. So much for our vaunted new management team. They are as clueless as the old.

  21. Un na naai

    Well he has to earn the Juve job first Ask yourself why none of this top clubs who are expected to fight a battle for him now he has been sacked never went out of their way to pay Spurs for his services.

    Rh

    How do you know they haven’t? You once made a comment on here about how you work only with facts and anything else is irrelevant. Well then let’s keep to facts tether than guessing that no big clubs want him. It’s been reported that Manchester United and Real have been in for him

    It’s a fact that he’s taken spurs as far as allegri has with a worse team and a much smaller budget in a far tougher league with a 16 man squad (effectively)

    Not to belittle Allegri as I’m a fan of his but poch has matched his CL exploits with a comparable note pad and pen compared to Allegri’s Apple Mac

  22. Un na naai

    Jose will now go on to win a couple of cups with Spurs in all probability, Spurs fans will move on Poch while here on le grove he will remain a god

    Rh
    Don’t be silly. He’s given credit for the wonderful job he’s done. Hardly a god. No different to any other coach who deserves credit

  23. Receding Hairline

    “He’s been hugely successful and that is the one thing Tottenham lack at this moment, no matter how well Pochettino’s done.

    “They haven’t quite got over the line in getting a trophy and normally that’s what Jose Mourinho does when he goes to a club.”

    Jamie Carragher

    Oh dear, one of the best managers in the world could not win a trophy with Spurs but one who many consider a bad appointment is being tipped to win one with the same squad who haven’t won in 13 away games.

    Tottenham lacked “success” with Pochettino but we should fall over ourselves to appoint him before Barcelona and co come calling because he plays “like Wenger” and will fill the stadium.

  24. Receding Hairline

    “How do you know they haven’t?”

    Show me a single news report where Tottenham rejected an outright bid for Pochettino or where he spoke about rejecting big jobs to stay there. Being linked to this and that does not mean an actual approach was made.

    ” It’s been reported that Manchester United and Real have been in for him”

    No it hasn’t. It has been speculated that they “may” go in for him, they appointed other coaches.

    “It’s a fact that he’s taken spurs as far as allegri has with a worse team and a much smaller budget in a far tougher league with a 16 man squad (effectively)”

    He has spent 450m pounds at Spurs, he has not managed a league cup. Stop belittling Allegri

    “Not to belittle Allegri as I’m a fan of his but poch has matched his CL exploits with a comparable note pad and pen compared to Allegri’s Apple Mac”

    What does this even mean? Did Conte ever make it to the Champions league title with Juve? He never even made it past the second round so stop with the “it was easy to waltz to the CL final because it”s Juve” it’s not

  25. Words on a Blog

    It’s Fireworks over at Spurs: after José sets them off on a storming start, it’ll end in tears. But Spurs will scrape into top4.

    It’s a Grannies’ knitting circle over here at Arsenal: after a long and boring period of shitty mediocrity, the powers that be will eventually make a decision once it is mathematically clear that we are at best a mid-table side.

  26. Rambo Ramsey

    No doubt Ponchettini would next be involved with Villarreal or some other Spanish Spurs equivalent.

    Meanwhile you’ll still have his fangirl squad here aka Un nai naai, TR7 et al telling us he’s one of the best and he would win trophies if he manages a big club.

  27. Leedsgunner

    Receding

    The reason why we will need to rebuild is it will be very difficult to keep Aubameyang and Lacazette without Champions League football, never mind attract top targets… I fear.

    The longer we’re out of Champions League football the more difficult it is to get back in… that’s why we really needed to act decisively and sack Emery so we could rescue our season.

  28. Rambo Ramsey

    What’s the bet Jose does in six months or 18 what the great Ponchettini failed to do in 6 years? I.e actually win a trophy

  29. Leftsidesanch

    Arsenal are a “classy” club that have too much class to sack an under-performing manager who isn’t displaying any signs he can rectify our problems.

    Arsenal aren’t half as classy as they think, dismissing fan discontent as noise – it’s not the 1st time in recent history and won’t be the last.

  30. Rambo Ramsey

    Exactly.

    Lets go back a couple years when I was making the exact same argument.

    What if Kroenke continues his lazy approach when dealing with the manager that follows Arsene? What if he sits on his arse and does nothing while we embark our plummeting journey down the table?

    Ofcourse Binford and his fellow Kroenke Apologists argued otherwise.

    Well, Here we are lads. 18 months in and its come to pass. You were morons and I shall henceforth be called Prophet Rambo.

  31. InsideRight

    I didn’t want Jose, I don’t want Emery and I feel we can do better than Poch.

    There’s no question Poch has shown with the right ingredients he can produce an attractive team that can beat anyone on its day. But taking a manager who is still smarting from an appalling run of results, low on confidence and who publicly speculated about his own future several times, is not the right way to go.

    We need someone on the up who is positive and confident. A Nagelsmann type of manager springs to mind. Not necessarily him but if we could take him that would be an excellent move.

  32. Vintage Gun

    “Poch should have stepped down with dignity at the end of the Champions’ League Final. ”

    Not with 3.5 years left on his contract. Your talking around £10m there.

  33. Arsnil

    Mourinho a great manager??? Last spell with Chelsea and with Manure. He is an ego maniac, mercenary whose only care is that the spotlight stays on him. Excited about the academy?? Don’t make me laugh. While at Chelsea how many academy players did he ever give s chance to coated to Lampard now.
    He might indeed win some trophy while there before moving on to his next club but he is divisive. All ego maniacs are.

  34. CG

    Spurs ,once again being uber provactive with their inspired Jose appointment.

    No dithering
    Jose done.

    Spurs will now be bigger Box Office and definitely more news worthy.
    They will now play in front of bigger home crowds whilst we will play with a man and his dog.

    They and Chelsea will be the two ‘must see’London sides.

    We on the other hand Rot.

    The club that gives stalwarts like Ramsey,Kos,Carzola away free disintergrate under this new cancerous Regime

    In summary:

    Spurs have the best in Jose( trophy hunter supreme)
    Arsenal persist with their resident Clown.

    Shameful and disgusting in equal measure.

  35. Vintage Gun

    Mourinho also had me in stitches talking about his “excitement” for their academy!! Really Jose?

    I would describe his behavior regarding young players as “Unbecoming”

  36. Receding Hairline

    “The reason why we will need to rebuild is it will be very difficult to keep Aubameyang and Lacazette without Champions League football, never mind attract top targets… I fear.”

    buying two strikers isn’t a rebuilding job, i have seen Henry and RVP come and go so excuse me if i am not overly concerned on the exits of Aubameyang and Lacazette

  37. Valentin

    Samesong,

    I would say that Spurs would need to keep at least one of Kane and Son. Last season when Kane was out, Son was able to take the scoring load.
    However if both leaves, unless they can bring a confirmed goal scorer, they would struggle. But that is true of most club. Take the two main strikers of most clubs and do not replace them with adequate players and the team would struggle.

    Take Lacazette and Aubameyang out of Arsenal and we would be struggling.
    Take Vardy out of Leicester and they are an average team.
    Liverpool and Manchester city are the only teams with replacements in the attacking department that may be of lower quality but still better than most.

  38. Un na naai

    Receding HairlineNovember 20, 2019 08:37:57
    “How do you know they haven’t?”Show me a single news report where Tottenham rejected an outright bid for Pochettino or where he spoke about rejecting big jobs to stay there. Being linked to this and that does not mean an actual approach was made.

    Rh

    Tut tut tut tut tut. I thought you only deal in facts and not conjecture??
    Poch or spurs not coming out and discussing their business is not proof that united or Real didn’t want him hairline
    You’ll have to do better than that.