Former Tottenham Hotspur striker Darren Bent has claimed that Mauricio Pochettino is not a world class manager, citing his lack of trophies as a reason why he is not in the same bracket as the likes of Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola.
Speaking on talkSPORT, Bent was asked if he thought the Argentinian was world class and replied: “I don’t think he is.
“When I look at elite managers, I obviously look at people like Klopp, Guardiola and even [Carlo] Ancelotti from what he’s done.
“I can’t put Pochettino in that bracket. Not yet, I know he’s been at Spurs and he’s not won anything at Spurs. To elevate him all of a sudden because he got a team to a Champions League final and a League Cup final.
“That’s not world [class] level management, for me. I think he’s good but I just don’t think he’s in that bracket. I’d put Brendan Rodgers ahead of him. I think Brendan Rodgers as a coach and a manager is absolutely superb.
“Arteta, for me, Arteta’s a better coach than Pochettino as well. You look at Spurs and what Pochettino did at Spurs and he took them to a level.
“Daniel Levy, at the end of the day, after all that great work that Poch had done, developing these players and turning Dele Alli and Harry Kane into what he did, he [Levy] still needed someone to come in and win them trophies.
“He felt like Pochettino could not do that.
“When I say Pochettino’s greatest achievement at Spurs, people will say ‘He got them to a Champions League final’ but is that enough? Does that automatically catapult you into that elite bracket because you took a team to a Champions League final? For me, it doesn’t.
1. Simon Weaver (Harrogate Town) – 11 years, 73 days
2. Gareth Ainsworth (Wycombe) – 7 years, 313 days
3. Sean Dyche (Burnley) – 7 years, 277 days
4. John Coleman (Accrington Stanley) – 5 years, 319 days
5. Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool) – 4 years, 299 days
6. Mark Cooper (Forest Green) – 4 years, 85 days
7. Chris Wilder (Sheffield United) – 4 years, 82 days
8. Pep Guardiola (Manchester City) – 4 years, 32 days
9. Paul Warne (Rotherham) – 3 years, 248 days
10. David Artell (Crewe) – 3 years, 207 days
“Arteta has gone in at Arsenal, it’s not even been a year, and look what he’s done there. He’s identified the players that he’s got, defensively they’ve not been great and he’s completely changed that around.
“[He’s] gone in there and won an FA Cup, won a Community Shield and beat some of the biggest teams out there. He’s managed to find a way of getting it done.”