Mauricio Pochettino has been sacked by Tottenham after five years in charge of the club and has been replaced by Jose Mourinho to take on head coach role.
Mauricio Pochettino led Spurs to top-four finishes in four of his five seasons in charge, as well as their first Champions League final in the 2018/19 campaign.
Tottenham Hotspur had a fun run while under Pochettino with the team having a successful European campaign last season including huge wins over Manchester City and Ajax in the knockout stages earning them a spot at the final where they were beaten 2-0 by Liverpool.
After that defeat, Pochettino warned Spurs faced a “painful” rebuild, with several senior players reaching the last year of their contracts. But he has been forced to rely on several players whose deals expire at the end of the season after the club endured another quiet summer in the transfer market.
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So, when you look at the state in which Spur was playing this season, Pochettino faced a lot of challenges coupled with a downside in the team’s morale and contracts for senior players dwindling by the months.
If that wasn’t enough to sink his career as Spur’s head coach, the team had made a disappointing start to the current campaign and are 14th in the Premier League.
“We were extremely reluctant to make this change. It is not a decision the board has taken lightly, nor in haste,” said Spurs chairman Daniel Levy.
“Regrettably domestic results at the end of last season and beginning of this season have been extremely disappointing.
“It falls on the board to make the difficult decisions – this one made more so given the many memorable moments we have had with Mauricio and his coaching staff – but we do so in the club’s best interests.”
Spur’s domestic form in this 2019 season has been poor to say the least. They have won just six of their 24 Premier League matches and were knocked out of the Carabao Cup by Colchester.
The Spur supporters may not be surprised by the outcome because the team hasn’t had an away win in the league since January and they’re on their worst run since George Graham was in charge in 2000-01.
Pochettino’s staff Jesus Perez, Miguel D’Agostino and Antoni Jimenez also left the club upon his sacking.
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Author: Allan Bangirana
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