‘Sometimes the vision of coaching staff is not accepted by club management’: Mauricio Pochettino opens up on his shock Tottenham departure and questions how the club measure success after ‘two years without a signing’
- Mauricio Pochettino was sacked by Tottenham Hotspur last November
- The Argentinian coach had turned Spurs into one of England’s top sides
- His dismissal came months after leading them to the Champions League final
- Pochettino revealed his vision was not warmly welcomed by the Spurs hierarchy
- He revealed that Spurs’ dip in form at the start of the season was anticipated
Former Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino revealed that the Spurs hierarchy did not accept his managerial vision which led to his sacking.
The Argentinian was dismissed from the manager’s hotseat at White Hart Lane last November after five-and-a-half years in the role.
Pochettino was dismissed just five months after leading Spurs to their first ever Champions League final, and significantly improved the north London side to become one of England’s top sides.
Mauricio Pochettino said the Spurs hierarchy did not accept his managerial vision at the club
The Argentinian coach, 48, was sacked last November after a poor run of form in the league
But the 48-year-old, who is still without a job since leaving Tottenham, felt that his success at White Hart Lane was not enough to keep his job in the eyes of the club’s hierarchy.
In an interview with El Pais, Pochettino said: ‘We live in a result-based industry where it seems that all the factors that maintain good results are the ones that work.
‘But how do you measure what works or not? Is it just the team who wins or the one who exceeds expectations?
‘After the Champions League final, four years in the top four, two years without signing, a different management strategy was needed.
‘Sometimes the vision of the coaching staff is not accepted by the club management.’
Pochettino’s sacking came just months after he led Spurs to the Champions League final
He was replaced by former Chelsea and Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho (right)
Pochettino managed to turn Spurs into a top team during his tenure, regularly finishing in the top four despite little financial backing in the transfer market by the club’s board.
But after losing the Champions League final to Liverpool in June 2019, Tottenham began the 2019-20 Premier League campaign in horrendous form and were 14th in the table when Pochettino was fired.
The Argentinian, who was branded by some supporters as the best Tottenham manager in the club’s history, was replaced within 24 hours by iconic Portuguese coach Jose Mourinho, who led Spurs to a sixth-placed finish in the league.
Pochettino admitted that Spurs’ dip in form at the start of the season was something he predicted and accepted was part of the process to deliver trophies to Tottenham.
Pochettino maintains that Spurs’ poor form before his sacking was something he anticipated
He also implied that the club’s directors did not give him enough time to turn his side’s fortunes around.
Pochettino added: ‘We anticipated what could happen. You need to fall, be down and then go up.
‘But Tottenham made the decision to separate us after five and a half years. I understand that it is a long time.’