Danny Mills claims that Mauricio Pochettino is facing “serious questions” at Tottenham and mooted the possibility of him being harshly axed by the club before the end of the season.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds and England full-back says that the Argentine manager deserves time to turn things around in north London but suggested that he might not be afforded it by owner Daniel Levy.

The Lilywhites sit 14th in the Premier League table after 12 games this season, with just three wins under their belts.

With a London derby against West Ham after the international break, Mills says that defeat will only pile the pressure on the Argentine and he suggests the Spurs boss could find himself out of a job in 2020.

Mills told Football Insider: “If you lose another game to one of your rivals, fans are not going to be happy with that and there will be serious questions.

“Owners start to get jittery this time of year, the transfer window looming and the ability to make one or two changes, those trigger fingers get a little bit happy. I don’t think it would be deserved or fitting at all. What Pochettino’s done, he deserves more time and it will be his decision but you just never know.

“If it looks like they’re not going to make Champions League football, things aren’t going quite right, you’ve got the issue of who’s going to stay, who’s going to leave at the end of the season, there’s a lot going on at Tottenham.

“If Tottenham are already thinking next season Pochettino’s not going to be there and some of the players, are we best to make a decision now, like Leicester did with Brendan Rodgers? Get someone in to assess the squad, decide what we need and then in the summer start properly.”

Pochettino has been in charge of the north Londoners for five years after leaving Southampton, overseeing 293 matches across all competitions from the sidelines.

This season has seen Spurs beat Southampton, Crystal Palace and Aston Villa in the league, while they have also overcome Red Star Belgrade twice in the Champions League.

In other Tottenham news, Alan Hutton has urged Pochettino to hand a rarely-seen Spurs player a “big run” in the starting XI.