Tottenham chief Daniel Levy has today opened up on the club’s decision to dismiss now-former manager Mauricio Pochettino.
After surprising the masses in making it all the way to the Champions League final last season, Spurs subsequently endured a nightmare start to the new campaign.
The north Londoners notched just 3 wins from their opening 12 fixtures, a run which left them sitting in a lowly 14th in the Premier League table in mid-November.
Elsewhere, the Lilywhites were also ousted from the League Cup by League Two outfit Colchester, and fell to an absolutely embarrassing 7-2 defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
As such, despite having long been regarded as one of the finest tacticians in England, rumours inevitably began to mount that Mauricio Pochettino was inching towards the Spurs exit door.
As a result, on the back of a 1-1 stalemate at home to Sheffield United, it came as little surprise when an official announcement was forthcoming on the 19th of November, confirming that the Tottenham hierarchy had come to the decision to part ways with their long-time boss.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) November 19, 2019
‘Not something I ever wanted’
Jose Mourinho, meanwhile, has since taken up the reins at Spurs, with the legendary tactician having enjoyed a fine start to life on the bench of the capital giants.
This, though, is not something that appears to have made the transition into the post-Pochettino era all that much less difficult for Spurs chairman Daniel Levy.
Speaking in an interview with the Evening Standard earlier today, Levy was questioned on whether the Argentine’s sacking was the most difficult of his career to this point.
And the 57-year-old went on to explain:
‘Yes, because you have to understand I had built up a personal relationship with Mauricio over five-and-a-half years.’
‘It is not something I ever wanted. Personally, it was incredibly difficult. I told him that and he understood. He’s been in football. He understands.’
‘It’s not personal and I’m sure he’ll come back stronger and get an opportunity to manage another great club.’