Former England international Gary Neville was full of praise for Mauricio Pochettino after Tottenham Hotspur’s 3-2 victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday evening.

The ex-Manchester United man last week came under fire for comments he made about the Spurs boss.

Neville suggested that Pochettino already has thoughts about working away from Tottenham and is preparing the groundwork for a future move.

However, after Spurs saw off arguably this season’s surprise package in the Premier League at Molineux, he had nothing but good things to say about the Argentine.

“After they had all those players going far at the World Cup, the stadium issues, then they didn’t sign any players, you expect there would be some pain at the start of the season, but what they are doing is brilliant,” Neville told Sky Sports.

“Mauricio Pochettino has to juggle balls and his skills as a manager are being tested to the fullest, so he is being challenged, but he is coming through with flying colours.”

And despite the comments he made last week, Neville admitted that he rates Pochettino very highly as a coach and lauded him for the work he had done to make Tottenham one of the best sides in the country.

“I love him as a coach, he is one of my favourite coaches in world football.

“Every time I see a Tottenham game I enjoy it, they try to play the right way, and he has done a brilliant job.”

Spurs led Wolves 3-0 thanks to goals from Erik Lamela, Lucas Moura and Harry Kane and then fought off a spirited comeback from the home side on Saturday evening.

The victory lifted them into fourth place in the table above Arsenal and Neville says that represents outstanding progress for the North London side.

“They are sustaining top-four finishes and performing well game-in, game-out, season-in, season-out, and at the highest level I have seen over 30 years.

“Tottenham haven’t regressed; Manchester City and Liverpool are playing at a different level to two or three years ago when Mauricio Pochettino started.”

Neville is clearly a huge admirer of the current Spurs manager and it will be interesting to see how Tottenham fans respond to his latest views on their club.


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