Mauricio Pochettino sacking: Have Tottenham made the right decision?
Please let us know if you agree.
By Phil McNulty
Chief football writer
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy made no attempt to disguise the decision that prompted the departure of Mauricio Pochettino – that was a sacking, not consent was dressed as by a parting of ways.
It’ll be seen by many as an outstanding move, coming only months after the Argentine took Spurs in Madrid to their first Champions League against Liverpool.
Tottenham’s 2-0 defeat was the start of the conclusion.
Something was broken at the Wanda Metropolitano and it hasn’t been the same since for the club along with also their currently ex-manager.
Spurs seemed set fair for a future when team and manager struck the pinnacle of a Champions League appearance.
And the following defeat appeared to open up all the frustrations that Pochettino was feeling about his inability to operate in the transport market against the background of the building of the new # 1bn stadium of the club.
It ended up being a situation exacerbated by that fact that players that he expected to depart to be able to fund his group restructuring – including Toby Alderweireld Christian Eriksen along with Danny Rose – couldn’t be sold.
The pain of the defeat was a landmark for Pochettino. He was unable to change the dynamic of his team and had run out of approaches to recharge his very personal batteries and people of his players.
The 47-year-old, who later admitted he may have quit had Spurs defeated Liverpool that night, experienced a change in demeanour, cutting a downbeat figure.
Some near the club suggested he’d turned into a distant figure on the practice floor, where he had been hands free and all-encompassing.
The warning signals were clear after a favorable win against Real Madrid at July when Pochettino created a very pointed opinion about his sway – or lack of it at the club.
He said:”Sell, purchase players, sign contract, maybe not signal contract. I believe it is not in my hands, it is in the club’s hands and Daniel Levy.
“The club should change my title and description. I don’t know although Obviously I am the boss picking the play. Now I feel like I’m the trainer.”
Sir Alex Ferguson used to chat about”the four-year cycle” at Manchester United, the vital time when a team wants refreshing, fresh voices will need to be heard, fresh ideas executed by new gamers.
Pochettino, due to a financial straightjacket, could not do this. This season he performed in charge of a squad that was stale like a supervisor.
The Spurs set-up is heavy on gamers who have been with Pochettino many, if not allthe manner, such as Eriksen, Rose, Jan Vertonghen, Harry Kane, Dele Alli, along with Eric Dier.
They have looked a side short on inspiration and it’s been revealed in performances like the humiliating 7-2 loss at home to Bayern Munich in the Champions Leagueand also first time.
They’re back on track to achieve the knockout phase but as Levy stated in his announcement:”Regrettably domestic results in the conclusion of last season and the onset of this season are very unsatisfactory.”
Spurs are currently 14th in 11 points behind Manchester City in fourth position, the Premier League, winning just three of the 12 games that are top-flight.
And it was important Pochettino felt compelled to talk about gamers with”distinct agendas” after the humiliating League Cup exit to League Two Colchester United.
In 2019, no Premier League side has lost more games in all contests than Spurs’ 18. The last time that they dropped more was in 2008 when they suffered 19 defeats under Harry Redknapp along with Juande Ramos.
Outsiders – and plenty of Spurs supporters – were quick to condemn the barbarous manner in and the haste of the passing of Pochettino. And they make a legitimate point.
Pochettino shot Spurs to within 90 minutes of Europe trophy and provided four consecutive top-four finishes after arriving from Southampton in May 2014.
He has been credited with putting them one of the elite of Europe, despite the financial constraints placed on him from the movement out of their White Hart Lane home and revitalising Spurs, becoming among the most coveted coaches in European football.
Pochettino record has been impressive although he has been eluded by decorations Spurs.
His 55.9% winning record supports the argument of those who’ll
Levy for sacking Pochettino too quickly, refusing to demonstrate patience with a manager who gave Spurs great moments such as the dramatic comeback from two goals down from Ajax in the Champions League semi-finals that abandoned the manager in tears on tv stating:”Thanks soccer.”
And on the signs of this year, something was wrong. If not rotten stale.
Spurs have a brand new stadium to cover and they can’t be seen to fall out of the class.
Pochettino is a body loved by Spurs fans, the song’He is magic you understand’. Even that, though, has been tested in recent times as he cut out a figure devoid of inspiration.
It is a gamble by Levy.
He will be well conscious of the criticism he’ll face when his decision to sack him but his announcement brooked no argument. He believes he has been left with no choice.
He faces a defining moment of his time.
Once the dust settles to his dismissal pochettino’s time in Spurs will be viewed as an outstanding piece of work.
And when he decides to come back to the game, he’ll have no lack of suitors.
The issue is though his full blown approach implies that he may actually benefit from a time of refreshment, that he may need to wait.
Pochettino’s name will probably be in the forefront of their contenders when any projects become available.
Even though Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is in charge he had been constantly linked with Manchester United and has got the backing of the club board.
Pochettino would interest Real Madrid if they decide to change out of Zinedine Zidane while Paris St-Germain are also admirers, though Thomas Tuchel is at the helm there.
Bayern Munich is a major job on the market following the sacking of Niko Kovac in November.
Interim head coach Hansi Flick has made an impressive beginning and Bayern have said he will be responsible”until further notice”, even though there’s not any indication yet of a permanent thing.
Pochettino has the credentials and the sacking’s news is certain to alert the Bundesliga giants.
Will he return into the Premier League? It is a challenge to see which jobs could entice him.
? Nicely, Unai Emery is under stress at Arsenal.