By Harry Sykes
Karren Brady has showered Mauricio Pochettino with praise in the Sun for completely transforming the fortunes of Tottenham and Southampton during his time in England.
The West Ham vice-chairman hailed Pochettino as the outstanding manager in his adopted country since he was appointed at St Mary’s Stadium in January 2013.
Brady even went so far as to assert that the Argentine’s masterful handling of his Tottenham squad may have league leaders Chelsea trembling during the run-in.
Brady is not afraid of delivering public digs at Spurs, who are bitter rivals of her own club, but insisted they deserve immense credit for giving Chelsea a run for their money.
“Maybe we were April fools to think Chelsea were champions elect,” said Brady in her Sun diary dispatch on Saturday, 1 April. “Like last year, Spurs move out of the pack to become title hopefuls.
“Mauricio Pochettino is arguably the stand-out boss since he arrived here. He warned his side not to flunk the run-in again but Chelsea may be trembling after defeat to Palace.”
Relations between London rivals Spurs and West Ham have taken a nosedive in recent years, partly due to the east Londoners winning the race to rent the Olympic Stadium at a peppercorn price.
That deal was secured by Brady, much to the chagrin of Spurs’ long-serving chairman and negotiator-in-chief Daniel Levy.
But Spurs fans are thrilled at their club’s transformation on and off the pitch in recent years.
Pochettino’s side are second in the Premier League and are Chelsea’s only realistic challengers for the title in the final weeks of the season.
Antonio Conte’s side are seven points clear ahead of Saturday matches, in which the leaders travel to Bournemouth while Tottenham host Watford at White Hart Lane.
Tottenham also have a state-of-the-art training base and are building a £750million 61,000-capacity new stadium that is expected to be complete in time for the start of the 2018-19 season.
In other Tottenham news, the London giants have won the race to sign a 32-goal striker who has taken the league by storm.