Darren Bent does not rank Mauricio Pochettino as a world class manager.
The former Tottenham striker has offered his thoughts on the Argentine coach after he announced his intention to return to football following his sacking back in November of 2019.
Pochettino, who led Spurs to the Champions League final in 2019, is yet to win a major trophy as a coach.
When asked on talkSPORT if he believe Pochettino was world class, Bent said: “I don't think he is.
“When I look at elite managers, I obviously look at people like Jurgen Klopp, Pep 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. [You can't] 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.
“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.”
Jose Mourinho was the man chosen to replace Pochettino, and he was quick to praise his predecessor.
He said: "I have to speak about Mauricio.I have to congratulate him on the incredible job he did.
"I share with you what we shared inside. This club will always be his home, this training ground his training ground.
"He is always welcome here. Tomorrow is another day. He will find happiness soon.
"He will give everything like he did at this club.
"He will leave with sadness with the feeling that he did great work. It is what everyone at the club felt."