Paul Merson makes prediction about Tottenham next season

Paul Merson is tipping this to be Mauricio Pochettino's final season in charge at Tottenham

Paul Merson
Arsenal legend Paul Merson (Photo: Sky Sports)

Paul Merson is tipping Mauricio Pochettino to leave Tottenham Hotspur before the start of next season.

The Lilywhites have made something of a mixed start to the new campaign and currently find themselves in seventh place in the Premier League table.

Tottenham have only managed to win two of their opening six games in the top flight this term and they were dumped out of the League Cup by Colchester on Tuesday night to heap further misery on Pochettino’s side.

Pochettino has been widely praised for the job he has done at Tottenham in helping the north London side finish in the top four on a consistent basis since his appointment.

However, former Arsenal star Merson believes that the Argentine’s time in charge at the north London club is coming to an end.

Writing in his column for Sky Sports, Merson said about Tottenham’s current struggles: “I don’t know how to put my finger on it. The players have got to ask themselves serious questions at the end of this season.

“Do they want to stay at a club and fizzle out? And I’m not saying this because I used to play for Arsenal, but at the end of their careers, they’re never going to have to work again.

“Do they want to stay comfortable, finish top four every week and play week-in, week-out, or go somewhere and win something? They might not play every week, but they’ll win something.”

He continued: “Do I think Pochettino will be there next season? No.

“The only thing with that is that he will start to lose his credibility if they don’t stay where they are.

“They’re the third-best team in the league, in my opinion, still. But even with managers, you’ve got to make hay when the sun shines.

“When Fergie was at United, how many times did we hear that Mark Hughes, Bryan Robson or Steve Bruce would be the next manager? They were all doing well at that time.”

Tottenham Hotspur lost 2-1 to Leicester City last weekend as their stuttering start to the season continued.

The Lilywhites will return to Premier League action on Saturday when they host Southampton at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in front of their home fans.

Spurs have not yet won a trophy under Pochettino since his appointment in May 2014.

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