Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has criticised the Premier League's new continental-style hiring-and-firing culture that has become widespread across the top flight of English football.
Latest research published by the League Managers Association (LMA) shows that the average tenure of a manager in England's top-four tiers is 1.64 years. This figure rises to 2.36 years for the top-flight.
There have been three casualties in the top flight so far this season with Dick Advocaat, Brendan Rodgers and Tim Sherwood all been dismissed from Sunderland, Liverpool and Aston Villa.
The Argetnine coach believes that the constant sackings of managers is harmful in the long-term as it doesnt offer the opportunity for clubs to develop their players properly.
Winds of change
Ahead of Spurs' clash with the managerless Villa, Pochettino spoke on the issue saying that when he was in Spain, Argentina and France the Premier League was seen as "different" as it had "more stable pressure" as there was examples of longerity such as "Arsene Wenger" or "Sir Alex Ferguson."
Since arriving with Southampton back in 2012 he said it has "started to change" and concludes that there is "more pressure" on the manager and things are "demanded quickly," believing the style from Europe has "arrived in England".
Proud of youth policy
Pochettino also spoke ahead of the clash on his pride of fielding the youngest side in the top flight. The 43-year-old has fielded a side that has the average of 24.7 years which puts Spurs top of the pile and fourth across Europe's top five leagues with Nice, Valencia and Bayer Leverkusen ahead of them.
The Argentine stressed that it was "vital" to keep Tottenham’s "identity" as a club and said that the club want to keep their "best young players" because the supporters "feel proud" about this club producing "big talent" on their own doorstep.
He finally added that he didn't "feel proud" about what it does to his "reputation", but proud that those players that he coaches can reach their "national team" and that they belong at a "big club" like Tottenham.
Tottenham Hotspur will host Aston Villa at White Hart Lane on Monday November 2 with kick-off at 8PM BST.