Some of Tottenham Hotspur's big rivals have already begun to lay the foundations for a new era, and it seems like only a matter of time before they do likewise. And with Mauricio Pochettino widely tipped to become their new boss in the coming weeks, it's time to analyse exactly why he'd suit them.
While some of his positive traits are easier to see than others, it remains clear that he is certainly one of the most viable options available to them at present.
For starters, he's demonstrated that he's more than capable of handling an inherited squad. And not only that, but he's proven that he knows how to get the best out of them. And with Tottenham in the middle of a transitional period, Pochettino has the skill set to once more work his magic to get them playing to their potential as a unit.
When he first came into the Southampton job back in January 2013, following the dismissal of Nigel Adkins, he was taking charge of a side that had only recently re-entered the top-flight—a team that had barely survived the drop, and looked in danger of going down again without some vital readjustments.
Yet, he quickly transformed them from a side who garnered a mere 41 points in 2012/13 to a team who only recently notched up a season tally of 56 points, finishing in an impressive eighth place, flirting briefly with Europa League football.
And that's precisely what the Argentine has since brought to the fray: A proactive stance in terms of both tactics and mentality that soon had the Saints performing better than his doubters could ever have imagined.
And back when his appointment was first announced nearly a year and a half ago, the former Espanyol supremo had his fair share of them.
As first reported by the BBC, former Southampton manager Lawrie McMenemy remained thoroughly unconvinced by his credentials and even questioned his ability to adapt to the English game:
With due respect to Pochettino, what does he know about our game? What does he know about the Premier League? What does he know about the dressing room, does he speak English?
But now, most are convinced that he has what it takes to not only survive in the Premier League, but to do well against some of the best teams in Europe. And these are the managerial signs that have Spurs fans more than a little excited about the prospect of him taking charge for the next domestic season.
Add the fact that he is often quite withdrawn and cautious when it comes to the press, and the 42-year-old automatically increases his likeability, especially in the aftermath of a particularly vocal and outspoken Tim Sherwood.
Because if there's one thing Directors of Football and chairmen dislike more than poor results, it's volatility and unpredictability, and Sherwood had the potential for that, despite his admirable footballing brain and his decent results.
On the other hand, Pochettino is much more straight-faced and prudent in that regard and his reliability would suit a club keen to make their transition occur as smoothly as possible.
And yet another positive tick beside the young manager's name would be his age.
As he's one of the freshest-faced of all managers in England's top division, he would provide the London club with the confidence to know that, if he pledges his future to the club, time would be on his side.
At the end of the day, having a manager in the hot seat for longer increases a club's chances of acquiring some silverware. Looking at the legacies built by Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger attests to that.
And since Spurs don't have the funds in their transfer kitty to compete with the new money of Chelsea and Manchester City, Pochettino could, with the help of a long-term plan and an honest loyalty, help them reclaim their place as one of the league's most feared teams.
And it's that same stability that might dissuade any players currently on the fence from leaving for greener pastures after the World Cup.
Nonetheless, Pochettino as Spurs boss isn't without his critics. According to talkSPORT, Neil Warnock believes that his lack of experience at a big club would work against him:
I don’t think Pochettino's got enough about him. It’s too big a club for him to warrant getting that job. It’s a massive gamble if [Daniel] Levy does it but he might be the only one available
Then again, although the expectation would be higher and the risks bigger, having already gambled with Sherwood, Pochettino would hardly seem like any sort of a risk at all.
And with such a vastly altered domestic landscape emerging over the past few months, Pochettino might just have the intelligence to make it work in their favour.
And if there's one element that would make their marriage a yet more perfect one, it would be an increased patience on the part of Levy and Franco Baldini—the club and the manager deserve as much.