After five and a half years in charge at Spurs, Pochettino has been sacked. The Argentine has been at the centre of speculation over managerial positions at Real Madrid and Manchester United for a number of seasons, with PSG and Bayern Munich also rumoured to be keeping tabs on the former Southampton manager in recent months.
The decision to let Mauricio Pochettino go seems a rash decision by the London club, especially after he took Tottenham to a Champions League final earlier this year. Poch nearly took Spurs to a Premier league trophy in the 15/16 season, pipped at the post by Leicester City who went on to defy 5000/1 odds to lift the trophy at the end of that season.
This season, Spurs have struggled to keep up the pace with last year’s winners Manchester City and current league leaders Liverpool, who were the stand-out performers last season, scoring 98 and 97 points respectively. The Merseyside team lost just one game last season, but many had hopes that Tottenham Hotspurs would be able to place themselves in the mix and provide serious competition to the two northern teams this year.
Instead they find themselves floundering in 14th place in the Premier League, and it seems a lack of silverware during his tenure has ultimately been his downfall.
Sackings in the middle of the year for such a high-profile club are rare. When they do happen clubs generally have a plan in place. And spurs definitely did. Within hours of the sacking Pochettino, Daniel levy and Co. announced that Jose Mourinho would be taking the reins at Spurs, signing a contract until the end of the 2022-23 season.
Mourihno’s track record of success and delivering the trophies that Spurs crave put him in pole position to take over.
Having won 25 major honours as a manager, including the Champions League with Porto and Inter Milan; three Premier League titles with Chelsea, a La Liga title, Serie A and the Europa League with Manchester United.
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