Speaking to Spanish news outlet 90 minutes magazine, via football.london, ex-Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has bared all surrounding his sacking nearly 10 months ago – going on to reveal his true feelings about being let go after nearly half a decade at the helm.
After guiding the Lilywhites to a Champions League final in 2019, a European run that was previously unprecedented in the club’s history, a combination of unhappy players and terrible results boiled over to the Argentine’s dismissal last November.
Would you take Pochettino back as manager?
No, give Mourinho a shot
Since club chairman Daniel Levy opted to fire the Spurs fan favourite, three-time Premier League winner Jose Mourinho was brought in as his replacement – with the rebuild commencing so far this summer after a disappointing finish outside the top four.
Indeed, Tottenham have signed defensive assets and debatably Mourinho-type stars Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Matt Doherty and experienced goalkeeper Joe Hart on a free deal in an effort to achieve silverware and a European-qualifying spot – but Pochettino laments not having already won a title with the club before his ‘tragic‘ exit.
Pochettino, who accumulated 22 caps for Argentina during his playing career (Transfermarkt), was arguably unlucky to miss out on a trophy with Spurs – especially taking into account the club’s stellar run in the Champions League in the 18/19 season.
Now, speaking to the Spanish media, Pochettino has bared all over missing out on ‘glory’ with Tottenham, but doesn’t blame club officials for terminating his contract in north London.
“Relationships are broken due to the responsibility of both parties. I do not think there was a culprit. The managers survive by winning games,” explained the ex-top flight manager to 90 minutes magazine via football.london.
“For five and a half years we fought for a clear objective, which was to win and meet certain economic parameters to make the club viable.
“Today they have one of the most beautiful stadiums. I wanted glory, to win a title, but we missed it.”
Whether or not they achieve that glory with Mourinho remains to be seen, but Lilywhites may still wish Pochettino all the best as he continues to search for a new job in football.
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