While the world was celebrating “International Men’s Day” yesterday, it was a horrible day for the man Mauricio Pochettino. He was handed a sacked letter. The Argentine spent five years with the English side leading them to three different Champions Leagues. Pochettino became the third man to lead the club out in any major European final in history. With his consistent record with club in his five years, he is taken to be the best coach the club has had in a long time.
He has coached Tottenham in 293 games in all competitions, making him the fourth manager to coach the club for that long. Only Bill Nicholson (832), Peter McWilliam (505), and Keith Burkinshaw (431) have been in charge for longer. And only the legendary Nicholson (55) has led them in more European games than Pochettino (53).
The 47-year-old Argentine has taken charge of more Premier League matches than any other Spurs manager (202). In the 2018/19 season, he became the best coach in terms of points-per-game ratio of any Tottenham boss in Premier League history.
This season did not start on a good note for him, he had a very poor start to the campaign, the Argentine kept dropping points after every game. He lost to Bayern munich in the Champions League early this season 7-2 after losing to Newcastle at home and a lost to EPL newcomers Brighton 3-0. He dropped to second behind his predecessor Tim Sherwood, though Sherwood managed only around a tenth of the games Pochettino did.
Tottenham Chairman on Sack of Pochettino
Spurs have made a disappointing start to the current campaign and are 14th in the Premier League table. Yesterday, the Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy came out to say: “We were extremely reluctant to make this change.” Adding to this he said, “It is not a decision the board has taken lightly, or in haste”. “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.”
Pochettino was appointed in May 2014 and led the club to the Champions League final last season, where they. The Argentine’s assistant Jesus Perez, and coaches Miguel d’Agostino and Antoni Jimenez have also left the club.
Tottenham said in a statement that they would provide an update on new coaching staff “in due course”.