New Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho’s camp put added pressure on the position of Mauricio Pochettino before he was sacked, according to The Sun.
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Pochettino left the club after a poor start to the season left Spurs stranded in 14th in the Premier League, already 11 points off the top four.
The Argentinian was with the club for over five years and led them to the Champions League final in Madrid at the end of last season.
The Sun reports that the pressure on Pochettino grew when Mourinho’s camp indicated that he would be open to taking over in North London. Indeed, that would suggest that the self-proclaimed ‘Special One’ has seen something within the Tottenham ranks, something he can work with instantly rather than waiting to rebuild at the end of the campaign.
A number of senior players had contract issues with the club at the start of this season; Toby Alderweireld and Christian Eriksen’s contracts expire next summer and The Athletic suggest players behind the scenes were unhappy. Still, the fact he was willing to come in right away would suggest he thinks he can fix any problems behind the scenes at the club, at least in the short-term.
Given how soon after Pochettino’s departure Mourinho arrived, it makes perfect sense that the Portuguese master-mind was playing the long con, and it is also good news for Spurs fans as harsh as it may seem – it implies he knows exactly what to do with a squad that is falling apart at the seams.
His first game at the helm will be away from home, a London derby against West Ham United as Spurs look to chase down the top four.
He’ll face old sides Manchester United and Chelsea in a hectic December schedule that also includes a trip to the Allianz Arena to battle German champions Bayern Munich and, if he can get Tottenham on track for the Champions League, perhaps he’d go some way into restoring his reputation after being sacked by his two previous employers.
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