Poch wins manager of the year at London Football Awards as Spurs finally taste silverware
IT WAS a night of double celebration for Tottenham – as boss Mauricio Pochettino finally celebrated lifting silverware.
Okay, so it wasn’t exactly the Premier League or the Champions League titles or the FA Cup.
But Poch, who is often criticised for lack of trophies achieved during his managerial career, was crowned the Manager of the Year at the fifth annual London Football Awards at Battersea Evolution.
Argentine Poch, 46, received the award from Spurs legend Ossie Ardiles as he beat Chelsea chief.
Maurizio Sarri in the running – just 24 hours after losing a key Prem tie 2-0 to the Blues at Stamford Bridge.
The other runners-up were Lee Bowyer (Charlton), Javi Gracia (Watford) and Joe Montemurro (Arsenal Women).
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Poch recently said trophies were for egos, saying: “Again we’re going to have the debate whether a trophy will take the club to the next level.
“I don’t agree with it. It only builds your ego. The most important thing for Tottenham right now is to always be in the top four.”
The other good news for Tottenham was the announcement Tottenham’s South Korean forward Heung-Min Son was named the Premier League Player of the Year.
He was handed his accolade by Frenchman David Ginola.
The runners-up in this category were Spurs teammate Harry Kane, Arsenal ace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard and Crystal Palace forward Andros Townsend.
West Ham defender Declan Rice was announced as the Young Player of the Year (under-21) while the Goalkeeper of the Year was Watford’s Ben Foster.