Mauricio Pochettino lost his job on November 19 because of Tottenham’s poor performance earlier this season.
“We are reluctant to make this decision,” Tottenham president Daniel Levy told the media. “The Board of Directors had to consider carefully before making a decision.
Unfortunately, the results at the end of last season and the beginning of this season were quite disappointing. That made the Board of Directors forced to make difficult decisions. The team has many memorable memories with Mauricio and his associates. But we have to do the best for Tottenham now.”
At Tottenham in 2014, coach Mauricio Pochettino created a new face for the club despite not being given much money to buy during the transfer. In the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 seasons, he helped Tottenham race the Premier League champions to the final rounds. Last season, the Argentine strategist helped Tottenham reach the Champions League final, before losing to Liverpool 0-2.
But this season, Tottenham fell when only 12 points after 14 rounds in the Premier League, ranked 12th. The London team did not win in the last five matches in the domestic league. In the Champions League, Tottenham lights up the group stage. But the 2-7 defeat at home against Bayern Munich is still difficult to accept for the team leadership.
“Mauricio and his team will be part of Tottenham’s history,” Levy added. “I admire the way he coped with the difficult situation, especially in the period when we did not have enough money due to the construction of a new stadium. I want to thank him and the coaching staff for what they’ve contributed. They will always be welcome here.”
Pochettino will leave Tottenham with three assistants, Jesus Perez, Toni Jimenez and Miguel D’Agostino. The brightest candidates to replace the 47-year-old strategist at Spurs, according to the British press, are Julian Nagelsmann (RB Leipzig), Carlo Ancelotti (Napoli), Eddie Howe (Bournemouth) and Jose Mourinho.
“We have a talented squad,” President Levy concluded. “The team needs to regenerate and try to bring a positive season for the fans.”