Mauricio Pochettino’s sacking from Spurs has been looking a near inevitability for weeks!
Next in? Sounds like it’s old Mourinho which means – as is the case with the bloke – it will all end in tears .
My first reaction on hearing the axe had fallen was that it wasn’t good news for the Irons as it’s been clear for a long time that many of the Spuds have been at odds with the manager and could well come roaring on Saturday with him finally gone.
As a mere aside if that happens they should be pretty ashamed with themselves because professionals should always give everything in all circumstances whatever personal feeling. Leicester and Ranieri come to mind!
There are no givens in football however and whatever has happened in the White Hart Lane dressing room these past few weeks, it doesn’t follow there will be an immediate response.
As stated, on the face of it this is not the best timing for the Irons. But it does give Pellegrini the opportunity of winding up our squad, really getting into them and making sure the message gets into the lads’ heads that Spurs are a club in a bit of a shambles and beatable.
At the end of the day we need this game very badly indeed and regardless of what’s happening in the other camp we need to be focused on ourselves and doing our job properly for the first time in five games.
Real edge – if any were necessary – has now been added to what is always a fiercely contested affair and whatever issues are involved we have to hope a certain Spanish stopper can get his act together between the sticks.
A very tricky game at this stage of things but we can win this!