Few Premier League stalwarts have boasted a spread of coaches fairly like Tottenham. However which Spurs managers have carried out one of the best and worst jobs since 1992?
Underneath their best coaches, Spurs certified for the Champions League and achieved some memorable outcomes towards a few of Europe’s greatest golf equipment. Underneath their worst, they had been languishing within the backside half of the desk.
Right here’s how we’ve rated their 16 full-time managers for the reason that begin of the primary Premier League season.
16. Jacques Santini
David Pleat had spent a lot of the 2003-04 season in non permanent cost at White Hart Lane as Spurs spent 10 months trying to find the suitable supervisor to finish their lengthy interval of mediocrity.
Daniel Levy was assured Santini, the France supervisor who it was introduced in June 2004 would take over after the European Championship, was that man.
“We haven’t had success for such a very long time. It’s a credit score to Tottenham we will entice the sort of supervisor,” Levy mentioned.
“I mentioned a while in the past that we’d make the suitable appointment – an enormous identify to take the membership ahead.”
Because it turned out, Santini lasted solely 13 video games earlier than resigning, reportedly as a result of a falling-out with Director of Soccer Frank Arnesen. After witnessing simply six objectives in 11 league video games, Spurs followers weren’t too disenchanted.
15. Nuno Espirito Santo
It wasn’t that straightforward to decide on between Santini and Espirito Santo for the wood spoon on this race, however the former Wolves boss simply edged forward, owing to the truth that he did really win 5 of his 10 league video games in cost and his aspect scored at a greater price than Santini’s.
Nonetheless, among the soccer was dire and that thumping by the hands of a bang-average Arsenal aspect was, doubtless, the low level.
14. Juande Ramos
It might very effectively be a tad harsh that the final supervisor to really win silverware in command of Spurs is ranked as their third-worst supervisor of the previous 26 years, however that 2008 League Cup win was merely a skinny spreading of butter in a sh*t sandwich.
In equity, he steered the workforce from 18th to eleventh after taking on from Martin Jol in October 2007, however a yr later he was sacked with the aspect in an excellent worse place than the one he had inherited: backside, 4 factors adrift, with two factors from eight video games.
His reign ended following an obvious dressing room revolt, along with his assistant Gus Poyet and sporting director Damien Comolli additionally sacked in an admission of a really costly mistake by Daniel Levy.
Ramos was, nonetheless, the person in cost when Luka Modric was dropped at the membership, so it wasn’t all dangerous.
13. Jose Mourinho
If we’re occurring stats and win price and all that jazz, then Mourinho shouldn’t be this far down. After taking on from Mauricio Pochettino in November 2019, the Portuguese boss led Spurs to sixth and Europa League qualification.
What we’ll by no means recover from, although, is how depressing all of it was. The fixed complaints, the dour, defensive soccer. Mourinho’s reign was about as joyful as watching Morrissey lead a funeral procession carrying a swimsuit made out of outdated copies of the Day by day Mail.
The one seasons the place Spurs didn’t get high 4 since 2015 had been the 2 with Jose Mourinho in cost. We can also’t forgive absolutely the shitness of this.
My LORD that is unbelievable 😂 pic.twitter.com/sdRLPtjaHG
— Elliot Hackney (@ElliotHackney) August 30, 2020
12. Ossie Ardilles
If Spurs’ first season within the Premier League was cheese on toast – boring however passable – their second season beneath Ardilles was cheese on a roast dinner – it was undoubtedly totally different and undoubtedly thrilling to attempt, however in the end it didn’t work.
With 5 gamers usually fielded in assault, Spurs had been undoubtedly quite a lot of enjoyable to observe, but it surely sadly didn’t repay as Spurs really scored fewer objectives than they’d managed the earlier season, ending means down in fifteenth.
The signing of Jurgen Klinsmann in 1994 clearly satisfied Ardiles he may make his philosophy work, with the German scoring 3 times in his first two appearances, however he was sacked in November with Spurs having conceded 24 objectives in 12 league video games.
READ: A celebration of Jurgen Klinsmann & a signing that modified English soccer
11. Christian Gross
Gross was appointed in November 1997 with Spurs within the relegation zone on the again of a 4-0 thrashing at Liverpool of their earlier recreation.
Alarm bells ought to have rung when he arrived late for his first press convention holding a tube ticket with ”my ticket to the desires” written on it, and a 6-1 house defeat to Chelsea in Gross’ third recreation in cost did little to quell the sensation he was a person out of his depth.
The return of Jurgen Klinsmann in December was sufficient to steer the membership away from relegation – the German top-scored with 9 objectives within the Premier League as Spurs completed 14th – however John Scales later revealed Gross was “ridiculed by the gamers behind closed doorways”.
His eccentricity was a dream for the press however definitely not the membership, and the one shock was that he began the next season in cost earlier than the standard disastrous begin noticed him sacked.
10. George Graham
Graham was unpopular when he received the job having beforehand managed Arsenal, and unpopular when he left having leaked confidential info to the press.
His model of play didn’t win him too many followers within the interim interval both, although he did make them League Cup victory in 1999. Ending eleventh and tenth hardly helped issues.
9. Glenn Hoddle
Spurs had failed to complete larger than tenth for 5 seasons when Hoddle took cost in 2001, so a ninth-placed end and run to the League Cup last was a transparent step in the suitable course in his first marketing campaign.
Sadly, the thrilling new period followers had hoped for beneath the legendary participant didn’t materialise as they dropped again to tenth the next season earlier than Hoddle was sacked in September 2003 following one win and 4 defeats from the opening six league video games.
The model of soccer was definitely extra palatable than his predecessor George Graham’s, however precise success not often regarded possible beneath the previous England supervisor.
8. Doug Livermore/Ray Clemence
Spurs completed eighth within the inaugural Premier League season beneath the joint administration of Livermore of Clemence, an enormous enchancment on fifteenth the yr earlier than.
The signings of Teddy Sheringham and Darren Anderton would profit the membership for a number of years, however an FA Cup semi-final defeat to Arsenal stung, and it got here as no shock to anybody when Spurs regarded so as to add some pleasure within the type of Ardilles.
— Spurs Nostalgia (@thfcnostalgia) July 13, 2015
7. Gerry Francis
Having completed fifteenth beneath Ardilles in 1993-94, Spurs had been struggling once more the next season when the Argentine was sacked and changed by Francis.
They ultimately completed seventh, their finest end for 5 years, and reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup, with Jurgen Klinsmann scoring 30 objectives in a really entertaining, very Spurs season.
Sadly, Francis couldn’t stick with it as soon as Klinsmann left as Spurs completed eighth after which tenth earlier than Francis resigned in November 1997 with the workforce within the relegation zone.
6. Tim Sherwood
If we had been rating these managers on their Premier League win proportion, Sherwood could be No.1. As he memorably mentioned himself, a 59% win ratio is “second to none”.
Sadly for Tim, it was feedback like that, mixed with rumours that he received the job in an underhand means – after which some unusual tactical selections as soon as he did – which prevented Spurs followers from actually taking to him.
Nonetheless, he took the workforce from seventh to sixth in his half-season in cost whereas selling youth and, in case you didn’t know, giving Harry Kane his first Premier League begin. He wasn’t all dangerous.
– The person solely chargeable for Harry Kane: ✅
– Second to none win ratio: ✅
– Best supervisor of all time: ✅
— The Sportsman (@TheSportsman) February 6, 2018
5. Andre Villas-Boas
Taking up from Redknapp after Spurs had completed fourth however been denied a Champions League place courtesy of Chelsea profitable the competitors, Villas-Boas received his personal style of misfortune in his solely full season in cost as a then-record Premier League factors tally nonetheless wasn’t sufficient to get them into the highest 4.
Their 72 factors in 2012-13 was really greater than Spurs managed when ending third beneath Pochettino three years later, and although the Portuguese supervisor undoubtedly benefitted from Gareth Bale’s unbelievable type, it was a massively entertaining season.
It’s additionally price stating Hugo Lloris, Jan Vertonghen, Mousa Dembele and Christian Eriksen had been all signed throughout his time in cost.
4. Martin Jol
Jol had initially been appointed as First Assistant Coach to Santini in the summertime of 2004, but it surely solely took 12 video games earlier than he was thrust into the hotseat himself.
In equity, it was not troublesome to be extra widespread than Santini, however Jol’s persona rapidly endeared him to Spurs supporters – and extra importantly, so did the workforce’s enchancment beneath his stewardship.
After ending ninth in that 2004-05 season, 5 locations larger than the earlier yr, Jol steered Spurs to fifth twice in a row, then their finest putting of the Premier League period, together with in 2006 once they had been fourth going into the ultimate recreation just for a dodgy lasagna to famously wreck their preparations.
READ: Remembering lasagnagate when Spurs had been on for fourth however received the sh*ts
3. Antonio Conte
It’s nonetheless comparatively early days, and Conte’s inventory could effectively fall sooner or later if his exits at Chelsea, Juventus and Inter are something to go by.
However Conte led Spurs to fourth final season, was allowed to strengthen in the summertime and has steered his workforce to some spectacular league outcomes to this point in 2022-23.
He’s a genuinely world-class coach and it looks like he may do large issues with this workforce. Let’s see how this one pans out…
READ: The Premier League desk since Tottenham employed Antonio Conte
2. Harry Redknapp
‘Arry has at all times been a determine of enjoyable for some individuals, incapable of turning on a pc or really bothering with any, yer know, precise techniques.
However he definitely received one of the best out of the Spurs squad throughout his near-four seasons in cost, taking on a workforce that had suffered the membership’s worst-ever begin to a season and steering them to eighth and the League Cup last earlier than main them to fourth in two of his different three years in cost.
There was additionally that memorable run to the Champions League quarter-finals in 2011. Soccer is as a lot about reminiscences as it’s outcomes, and Redknapp created loads of these.
1. Mauricio Pochettino
Spurs reaching a Champions League last appeared unthinkable when Pochettino changed Tim Sherwood. However Pochettino managed that and got here fairly near main Spurs to a league title.
But in the end it wasn’t to be and, having didn’t win a trophy in his 5 seasons in cost, it’ll be fascinating to see how historical past treats him long-term.
What ought to by no means be forgotten, although, is the place Tottenham had been when Poch first got here in.
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