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Punkish Pochettino nears end of Tottenham era that never quite was | Barney Ronay

It has been a thrilling ride but it is degrading running so hard to stand still – now might be the time to say goodbye

Remember the Nigel Adkins riots? I was there when it all went down. Although to be fair, this is probably stretching the definition of “going down”. It seems strange now how febrile the atmosphere was around Mauricio Pochettino’s first game in English football at Southampton back in January 2013, an evening kick-off against Everton set against an entirely overblown sense of lurking civil disorder.

Pochettino’s arrival was just a part of this. The real issue was the defenestration of Adkins, a popular and successful incumbent with an agreeable, slightly careworn manner, less elite level football manager, more browbeaten provincial scoutmaster who keeps terrapins.

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