Pochettino dismissed by Tottenham after dismal start to the new season; Jose Mourinho early favourite to replace Pochettino; Jamie Carragher describes sacking as ‘out of order’
Mauricio Pochettino has been sacked by Tottenham after five years in charge of the club.
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.
However, Tottenham have won just five matches this season and chairman Daniel Levy said a change had to be made in the “club’s best interests”.
Tottenham enjoyed a hugely successful European campaign last season, with dramatic wins over Manchester City and Ajax in the knockout stages earning them a place in 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.
Their domestic form has been poor for most of 2019, and since a 3-1 win over Leicester on February 10, Spurs have won just six of their 24 Premier League matches. They are currently 14th in the table and were knocked out of the Carabao Cup by Colchester.
Pochettino’s staff – Jesus Perez, Miguel D’Agostino and Antoni Jimenez – have also left the club.
In a statement released by Tottenham on Tuesday evening, Levy said:
“We were extremely reluctant to make this change and it is not a decision the board has taken lightly, nor in haste.
“Regrettably domestic results at the end of last season and beginning of this season have been extremely disappointing.
“It falls to 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.
“Mauricio and his coaching staff will always be part of our history. I have the utmost admiration for the manner in which he dealt with the difficult times away from a home ground whilst we built the new stadium and for the warmth and positivity he brought to us.
“I should like to thank him and his coaching staff for all they have contributed. They will always be welcome here.
“We have a talented squad. We need to re-energise and look to deliver a positive season for our supporters.”
Former Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp: “When people talk about the players all loving him, if they love him that much, maybe they should have all started playing a bit better! They’ve got him the sack, at the end of the day. They haven’t performed well enough, that’s why he’s lost his job. If they all loved him so much, perhaps they should have done a bit better for him.”
Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher: “It’s a massive shock. The job he has done is miraculous, it deserved to see him at least see out the season. I’m shocked it is a sacking. When l heard the news, l thought it may have been ‘mutual agreement’. But the fact that he has been sacked… it’s strange and a bit out of order really considering the job he has done.”