Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy has revealed his aspirations for both his club, and his manager, believing that Mauricio Pochettino can be his Bill Nicholson.
This Spurs era has the potential to be as big as many that have gone before, having sustained title challenges for each of the previous two campaigns, with another go at the Premier League crown certainly not beyond them this season.
Such a good recent record will naturally lead to Pochettino being linked with moves away from White Hart Lane, with some of Europe’s biggest clubs linked with efforts to employ him, but that does not seem to concern the Tottenham chairman.
Levy has suggested that the Argentine manager has given him little indication that he is wanting to leave Spurs.
â€œIâ€™d be surprised if there wasnâ€™t interest in Mauricio from other clubs because it means we are doing well,” he is quoted in the Daily Mail as saying.
“Heâ€™s never given me any indication that heâ€™d like to leave. He loves the project and he once sent me a picture of Bill Nicholson â€” our most famous manager from years ago â€” holding the fronts of the gates of the stadium.
“They are very historic gates and weâ€™re keeping them at the new stadium. I replied, â€˜One day it is going to be you,â€™ because that really is what I aspire to.â€
Spurs have consistently improved under the Argentine boss, with his philosophy of promoting from within being refreshing in the modern era, and that style, combined with the results he has achieved, has seen his status elevate regularly over the past three years.
Tottenham and Pochettino were widely criticised throughout the summer though for not spending big to improve their squad, and despite a late spending spree prior to the window closing, their net spend was nothing like that of their perceived title rivals.
The 1-0 win at home to Bournemouth on Saturday ensured Spurs remained in third place in the Premier League table, and within striking distance of the top two, as they look to orchestrate another title challenge.
With the London club moving back to White Hart Lane next summer, Pochettino is seen as the perfect man to lead Tottenham across to their new home, and judging by the relationship between manager and chairman that is likely to happen.
Having not won a trophy since lifting the League Cup in 2008, Spurs fans are desperate to see their side win some silverware, and if they were to do it this season that would act as the perfect present to take into their new home.