Managerial Merry-go-Round: Into the Fray
Patrick Vessey was today announced as the manager of Tottenham Hotspur after Mauricio Pochettino declined the approach by the board, citing "personal reasons" as his decision to step back from football. The surprise announcement by the board was met with criticism by both the media and fans who believe that Patrick Vessey lacks the necessary backroom experience to be able to lead the North London club towards the higher reaches of the table.
In a statement, Tottenham Hotspur chairman, Daniel Levy, stated that "Tottenham Hotspur believe that Patrick marks a significant divergence from our usual protocol in appointing a manager. Our recent struggles in ensuring the continued success of the club both in terms of player retention, performance and our league form warrants a change in our approach. By recognising the ambition, drive and desire of a young and upcoming manager, Tottenham have made the executive decision to place their trust in this young man."
Writing for BBC Sport, Robbie Savage stated in his column that "fans must be baffled by the mixed messages that Daniel Levy, as chairman of one of the top teams in the English Premier League, seems to be sending them. With no disrespect intended towards their new manager, there were plenty of other, perhaps more suitable candidates, who were overlooked by this surprise announcement. Ultimately, both the fans and the media must be waiting with baited breath to find out what the manager has to say in his first press conference and, more importantly, whether he can deliver on the pitch."
Patrick Vessey is not a man who is looked favourably upon by the Tottenham Hotspur fans at the moment and he will face an uphill struggle to convince them of his ability to bring success to a club often in the shadows of the capital rivals, Arsenal. Vessey faces a challenge in ensuring that the squad beds itself well with his philosophies and shows parity with the Tottenham Hotspur Academy products and their first-team signings. With the pre-season underway and the Barclays Premier League beginning in a matter of weeks, the first game will be a test of his diligence, talent and skill in balancing the delicate equilibrium in play.