Football - Premier league - November 20, 2019

Official- Mauricio Pochettino Leaves Tottenham Hotspur

Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur released a statement a few hours ago confirming that they have sacked manager Mauricio Pochettino after his tenure of five years at the club.

Spurs appointed Pochettino back in 2014 after he was in charge of south coast club Southampton for a year and guided the North London giants to the Champions League final this summer. However, Spurs endured a disastrous start to the new season in the Premier League as they sit in 14th place on the table at the moment.

Pochettino was unable to deliver the Champions League final as Jurgen Klopp’s men prevailed in Madrid win a 2-0 win to lift the prestigious trophy. The following season, a lot was expected of Spurs this season as they were prepared to build and fight for other titles with a stronger squad but an underwhelming start to the new campaign has put pressure on the 47-year-old and as they are 20 points behind leaders Liverpool and 11 points off a Champions League berth.

Without any win in their last five games in England’s top flight football, Tottenham Hotspur’s club chairman Daniel Levy admitted that Pochettino and his staff were let go due to the poor start to the domestic season.

While speaking to the club’s official website, the 57 year old English businessman confirmed the departure of Pochettino as well as his coaching staff, Jesus Perez, Miguel D’Agostino and Antoni Jimenez, “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.”

Levy further thanked Poch for the memories as well as the manner in which he dealt with difficult situations, “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-energize and look to deliver a positive season for our supporters.”

The North London side will be in Premier League action on Saturday against local rivals West Ham United and will continue their Champions League campaign when they face Olympiacos during the midweek encounter.

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