Former Newcastle United and England striker and current BBC pundit Alan Shearer has slaughtered Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino after what he deemed to be another high profile mistake in the FA Cup defeat to Manchester United.
Spurs suffered a semi-final exit for the second successive season against the Red Devils on Saturday, Pochettino’s men letting a 1-0 lead slip to succumb to a 2-1 defeat, having lost to Chelsea at the same stage of the competition this time last year.
The defeat means that the Liywhites have not picked up any silverware in a decade, a run stretching back to the 2008 League Cup win, and Shearer did not mince his words by insisting the squad are not at a level where they will be winning titles.
However he also chose to slam Pochettino for his decision to start goalkeeper Michel Vorm, suggesting that regular first choice starter Hugo Lloris would have been a better option, and insisting it was another blot in the manager’s copybook.
Writing in his column for the Sun, he said: “Pochettino got his own big call wrong again.
“He stuck with his second-choice goalkeeper Michel Vorm — because he had played in Tottenham’s previous cup games — but would France captain Hugo Lloris not have got to Herrera’s winning goal, which went in the middle of the net?
“Pochettino also got it wrong the previous season in the semi-final as well when he inexplicably played Heung-min Son as a wing-back in defeat to Chelsea.
“Saturday pretty much encapsulated Spurs — they are just not good enough.
“There can only be so many near misses before you realise that perhaps this much-vaunted side and manager is not at all that.”
Football Insider verdict
Shearer has been a staunch supporter of Pochettino and his men this season but his analysis of their FA Cup exit is pretty damning. Hindsight is a wonderful thing and it might help the Argentinian boss in the future, but for now all Spurs can do is try and refocus after what would have been a bitterly disappointing defeat. He needs to take a page out of Jose Mourinho’s book, the Portuguese manager masterminding a turnaround from his team to progress to the final at the Lilywhites’ expense, and his experience of winning 20 trophies in his career shone through. Pochettino needs to get that winning mentality instilled in north London sooner rather than later.
In other Tottenham news, one man looks set never to play for the club again after his FA Cup display.