Mauricio Pochettino
Ledley King backs Mauricio Pochettino to take Spurs forwardGetty

Tottenham legend Ledley King has all but dismissed his former club's chances of finishing in the top four of the Premier League this season.

But the former Spurs defender believes that manager Mauricio Pochettino is the right man to lead the club forward and bring success to White Hart Lane.

The Argentine manager took charge of Spurs this summer and has quickly gone about inculcating his style into the team. Following a strong start to the season, they had dropped back a bit and are still struggling to close out games, but are still in contention for a top four spot.

King admits that it will take time for the manger to get his thoughts across to the players, but has revealed that Tottenham are confident they have the right man to take them forward.

"It is going to take a little bit of time for him to get his thoughts and methods across, but we are confident he is the right man for the job," King told talkSPORT.

The former England international defender feels it will be a mammoth task for Spurs to get into the top four this season, and believes it will take a huge chunk of luck for them to qualify.

However, he is confident that, with Pochettino in-charge the club will move forward and get into the top four in the coming seasons.

"I think it is going to be tough [to finish in the top four this season]. There's going to be six or seven teams thinking they have got a chance of the top four. We are one of them, but a lot of things would have to go right for us this season," the former Spurs defender added.

"I think it will be difficult this season but, long-term, we have the right manager."

Pochettino was calm in the transfer market this season unlike his predecessor Andre Villas-Boas and most of the current manager's signings were to strengthen the defensive department, as the manager is still figuring out the players he requires to play his style of football.

"I'm sure he will still want to bring in one or two players moving forward. He is still seeing who fits in with the style of play," King concluded.