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Tottenham fire manager Pochettino after poor season start

The Argentine was head coach at the club for more than five years

Tottenham Hotspur has sacked manager Mauricio Pochettino according to a club statement on 19 November. EPA/WILL OLIVER
Tottenham Hotspur has sacked manager Mauricio Pochettino according to a club statement on 19 November. EPA/WILL OLIVER

Less than six months after leading Tottenham to the Champions League final, Mauricio Pochettino was fired by the English club after its poor start to the Premier League season.

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy said the board was “extremely reluctant” to make the decision but was doing so “in the club’s best interests".

Pochettino leaves after more than 5 years in the job, during which he turned the London club into a title contender in the Premier League and the Champions League but never managed to win a trophy.

Tottenham is 14th in the league having won only three of 12 games this campaign. The team has won just six games in the Premier League since February.

During his time, Pochettino guided Spurs into the Champions League final for the first time, where they lost to Liverpool.

“It is not a decision the board has taken lightly, nor in haste,” Levy said. “Regrettably, domestic results at the end of last season and beginning of this season have been extremely disappointing.

“It falls to 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.

Former Tottenham and England striker Gary Lineker said Pochettino had “helped the club to punch massively above their weight for years".

“Good luck with finding a better replacement,” Lineker tweeted, “Ain’t gonna happen.”

Updated: November 20, 2019 01:22 AM

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