Pochettino has been sacked and replaced by Mourinho!
Mauricio Pochettino has left Tottenham after five years and has been replaced by former Chelsea and United manager, Jose Mourinho. Spurs have not had the best of start to the season. They have only won three out of their opening 12 Premier League matches and are in the bottom half of the table sitting in 14th place. This is what has led to vice-chairman, Daniel Levy making the decision that it is time for a change. Many did not expect this start to the season especially since they made it to the Champions League final last season. This was supposed to be the year that Spurs could try to compete for the title, however, it has not gone that way and they are already a whopping 20 points behind leaders Liverpool.
Pochettino hinted that if he would have won the Champions League with Spurs then he would have walked away from the club, which maybe is something he should have done either way. However, they did not win, and he decided to stay on but only lasted a few more months. His team looked like they are lacking new ideas and players such as Alderweireld and Eriksen who used to be top performers, have been very poor. Both of their contracts are up in the summer and they look like players who have one eye in the exit door. There were also rumors that there had been unrest in the squad and a breakdown in communication with Pochettino and some of the big star players.
The decision to make the change was not taken lightly according to Levy, however, Spurs have not won away in the Premier League since January which is a dismal run of from. This would have been unthinkable a year ago when the Argentine was seen as Spurs’ hero and the best man to take them forward. He has led them to four straight top-four finishes and established them as a proper Champions League team that can compete with anyone in Europe as shown in last season. But now it is time for a new chapter for both him and the club.
Mourinho has been out of work for almost a year since he left United last December and has been looking to get back into work. This is a good opportunity for him to prove doubters wrong after a bad spell at United. He will be in a different position to which he usually has been in where he is not expected to be competing for the title just yet but more just try to get Spurs closer to the top four this season. Their first match in on Saturday away to West Ham and it will be interesting to see how he sets up his first team.