Tottenham sack manager Mauricio Pochettino

19 November 2019, 21:01

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino
Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino. Picture: PA

By Sylvia DeLuca

Mauricio Pochettino has been sacked by Tottenham Hotspur after five years in charge of the club.

Spurs, who were in the Champions League final only six months ago, have endured a tough start to the season and are currently 14th in the Premier League table.

Chairman Daniel Levy, who appointed Pochettino in June 2014, said: "We were extremely reluctant to make this change and it is not a decision the board have taken lightly, nor in haste."

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.

However, their domestic form has been poor for most of 2019. Since a 3-1 win over Leicester on February 10, Spurs have won just six of their 24 Premier League matches.

Mauricio Pochettino has been sacked by Spurs
Mauricio Pochettino has been sacked by Spurs. Picture: PA

Mr Levy said: "Regrettably domestic results at the end of last season and the 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 is also a former Southampton boss. In the 2018–19 UEFA Champions League, he led Tottenham to the final for the first time in the club's history.

The Argentine was at the Spurs helm for a total of 293 games in all competitions and delivered four successive top-four Premier League finishes, challenging for the title in 2015/16 and 2016/17.

Pochettino's staff - Jesus Perez, Miguel D'Agostino and Antoni Jimenez - have also left the club.

“Mauricio and his coaching staff will always be part of our history," Mr Levy continued.

"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."