Harry Redknapp is adamant Tottenham will not sack Mauricio Pochettino, despite the club’s dire start to the season.
Spurs have won just three of their opening 11 games and suffered heavy defeats to Bayern Munich and Brighton before the international break.
AFP or licensorsMauricio Pochettino is in desperate need of a positive result after the international break
Tottenham’s form has shocked Redknapp, who thought his old club would challenge Manchester City and Liverpool for the Premier League title prior to the 2019/20 campaign.
When asked whether Tottenham could part ways with Pochettino, the former Spurs boss told the Daily Mail: “Yeah, absolutely, that is not going to happen.
“I don’t know if they’ve overachieved. They should be finishing in the top three with that squad, that’s where they should be, there’s no doubt about that in my opinion.
“But to get to a Champions League final was great for them. It was great to see them reach the final.
“At the start of the year I really thought Spurs would push Man City and Liverpool a lot, lot closer. Tottenham have got a great team, with Harry Kane, Dele Alli, [Heung-min] Son – I thought this could be their year.
“But it’s been a disappointing start for them for sure and they need to turn it around quickly, but I still think they’ll finish third.”
GettyHarry Redknapp spent four years in charge of Tottenham
Tottenham’s summer and start to the season appeared to be disrupted by transfer talk linking Christian Eriksen, Danny Rose, Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld with moves away from the club.
A week before their 7-2 home defeat to Bayern Munich, Spurs were knocked out of the Carabao Cup by League Two minnows Colchester.
A second-string team was fielded against Colchester, but Redknapp, who bossed Spurs between 2008 and 2012, believes Pochettino has as good a squad as Manchester City and Liverpool.
He said: “They’ve got a great group of players. It’s some squad, if you go through it, I don’t care what anybody says, I don’t think there’s a lot between that squad and Liverpool’s and Man City’s squad, I really don’t.TargetsBarcelona 'identify Rashford and Kane as Suarez replacements, but not Firmino'round upWSL: Chelsea end Arsenal's unbeaten run, as United, West Ham and Reading all winHonourSporting Lisbon could name stadium after Cristiano Ronaldo, admits club presidentQualityRangers midfielder scores excellent goal against BrazilstatementBalakov: English football has a bigger problem with racism than BulgariaTAKING THE MIP‘Only a matter of time’ - West Ham will sign ex-Man United striker for freeBLOWWales ace Ramsey ruled out of crucial Euro 2020 qualifierupgradeLiverpool want to replace Champions League winner with £20m ace excelling at LeedsOutcastLuka Jovic dropped from Serbia squad as ‘punishment’REVELATION'Of course I'd be interested in a position' - Man United legend open to return
“You’re as good as your players. Graham Taylor once said ‘your manager is never as good as you think he is and he’s never as bad as you think he is, he’s somewhere in between’ and that is football management.
“If you put Pochettino, or you put Pep [Guardiola] or [Jurgen] Klopp and let them go and manage Brighton or manage Norwich or Sheffield United, they’re not going to go and put them in the top six, it doesn’t work that way.
“It’s about the players. He [Pochettino] has got the good players but at the moment there’s been hiccups – one or two of them are not playing to their real potential or as good as they can.”