Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville has been impressed with Tottenham Hotspur’s first half of the season and believes they must offer manager Mauricio Pochettino a long-term contract.

The Sky Sports pundit reckons the Spurs boss has justified an extension even though he is already tied down to 2021 and was knocked out of the Champions League group stage earlier on in the campaign.

“The little dip they had earlier in the season is normal if you’ve got a young team going into the Champions League for the first time,” he told Sky Sports.

“I’ve liked what they’ve done in the past few years, it looks controlled there, and they need to give that manager a long-term contract and pin him down,”

Neville has stated the North London team overachieve in terms of the budget they have and Pochettino’s man-management also deserves recognition.

“I like Tottenham a lot. I like Mauricio Pochettino a lot. I think they overachieve, in terms of the budget they have. They spend of course, but not to the level of Manchester United or City,” he said.

“They look well coached. You look at those players and you think you’d like to have those players. They’re young, hungry, energetic, they’ll do what you want, there’s not egos in there.

“I think that Pochettino seems to assemble those types of teams where they are. I think he’s done a great job, he’s one of my favourite coaches.”

Tottenham face Chelsea on Wednesday night at White Hart Lane and even though the Blues are on the back of a 13-game unbeaten run, Spurs will be hoping they can snatch all three points having won the last four themselves.

Pochettino’s side will be desperate for a win to stop their rivals equalling Arsenal’s Premier League record of 14 straight wins.

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