Mauricio Pochettino was sacked on Tuesday night as manager of English club, Tottenham Hotspur in a shock move by chairman Daniel Levy. Jose Mourinho has been announced as the new manager in Pochettino’s place. There’s been a mixed reaction from fans to the news.
Pressure had been mounting on Pochettino
Tottenham’s current league position (they lie 14th in the Premier League) and a poor end to their league form last season sealed Pochettino’s fate. Pressure had been mounting on Pochettino after a shock exit at the hands of League Two Colchester United in the League Cup earlier in the season, as well as a 7-2 thrashing at home to Bayern Munich in the Champions League. Despite this disappointing run, many feel this move is premature given the fact that ‘Poch’ guided Spurs to the 2019 Champions League final (which they lost to Liverpool).
Indeed, despite never winning a trophy in his 5 years in charge, Pochettino had established Spurs as a regular top four outfit in the league, with successful cup runs too. Many would state that given the quality of the Spurs squad, spearheaded by the prolific Harry Kane up top, being seen as English football’s ‘nearly men’ for so long was not good enough.
This Tottenham fan’s reaction to Mourinho replacing Pochettino will be the highlight of your day 😅— Soccer AM (@SoccerAM) November 20, 2019
🗣️ “Mourinho, helllooooo!” pic.twitter.com/sEc24omPap
However, given the fact that Pochettino has never had the budget enjoyed by other clubs like Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea (until this season’s transfer embargo at least), Spurs could be viewed as consistent over-achievers in recent seasons. It should also be remembered that Pochettino had to play home games at Wembley for nearly two seasons as the redevelopment of White Hart Lane took place (which was a big reason for diminished transfer funds). All things considered then, this move is an ultimately surprising one, especially given the fact it was at the end of the international break rather than the beginning. Saturday’s early fixture for Tottenham away at London rivals West Ham no less will certainly take on extra meaning for the Spurs faithful.
Gaffer. I’ll be forever thankful to you for helping me achieve my dreams. We’ve had some amazing moments in the last 5 and a half years that I will never forget. You were my manager but my friend as well and I thank you for that relationship. Good luck with your next chapter! 💙 pic.twitter.com/u64RXV7wd4— Harry Kane (@HKane) November 20, 2019
Pochettino’s Spurs record:
- 2014-15: 5th place (League Cup final)
- 2015-16: 3rd place
- 2016-17: 2nd place (F.A Cup semi-final)
- 2017-18: 3rd place (F.A Cup semi-final)
- 2018-19: 4th place (Champions League Final)
Two players synonymous with Pochettino’s 5-year reign at Spurs have been England stars Harry Kane and Dele Alli. It is fair to say that both players had truly come of age under his guidance.
I can’t thank this man enough. He’s taught me so much and I’m so grateful for everything he’s done for me. Good luck and hope to see you again my friend. pic.twitter.com/dUO6AJlMxR— Dele (@dele_official) November 19, 2019
The sacking of ‘Poch’ meanwhile has not gone down well with Spurs and England legend Gary Lineker, who had this to say:
Mauricio Pochettino has been sacked by @SpursOfficial. He helped the club to punch massively above their weight for years. Good luck with finding a better replacement….ain’t gonna happen.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) November 19, 2019
Perhaps the final say should go with the opinions of those that matter most, the fans. The Fighting Cock twitter page probably put it best with this tweet:
Whether you wanted him out or not, he changed the ethos of the football club, gave us something to feel proud of, and enabled us an opportunity to dream bigger than we thought we could.— The Fighting Cock (@LoveTheShirt) November 19, 2019
You’re magic. You always will be. pic.twitter.com/wFLF0rYwp9
Jose Mourinho replaces Pochettino as new Spurs manager
Jose Mourinho is the new manager of Tottenham Hotspur. The appointment was made early on Wednesday morning, literally hours after Mauricio Pochettino had been sacked on Tuesday night.
Mourinho’s 9th club
‘The Special One’ now takes charge of his ninth club following successful stints across four countries at Porto, Chelsea (twice), Inter Milan, Real Madrid and Manchester United. His record in accumulating trophies is virtually unrivaled too:
- Porto, 2002-04: 2 league titles, 1 Portuguese Cup, 1 UEFA Cup, 1 Champions League
- Chelsea, 2004-07 and 2013-2015: 3 league titles, 3 League Cups, 1 F.A Cup
- Inter Milan, 2008-10: 2 league titles, 1 Italian Cup, 1 Champions League
- Real Madrid, 2010-13: 1 league title, 1 Spanish Cup
- Manchester United, 2016-18: 1 League Cup, 1 Europa League
Will this be a new record stint for Mourinho?
There is no doubting Spurs have employed a winner with a proven track record, and many are excited at the prospect of finally getting their hands on some silverware (Spurs last won a trophy in 2008 when they lifted the League Cup) but at what cost? Whilst known for his outstanding success, Mourinho rarely stays beyond 3 seasons with a club and invariably is known for disagreements with players and the board over time. This will be of particular interest given Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is a strong character himself and is not as fast and loose with the cheque book as some of Mourinho’s previous clubs have been when it comes to signing players. Moreover, the contract signed (if fulfilled) would see Mourinho stay until 2023, which would be a personal record for him.
Mourinho’s first game in charge involves the short trip to East London against fierce rivals West Ham United, but December should prove even more interesting. On December 4th Spurs will play Manchester United at Old Trafford and on December 22nd they will face Chelsea at White Hart Lane.
Some fans are less than impressed at the appointment
It’s fair to say that certain sections of the Spurs faithful are less than convinced with the sudden sacking of Pochettino and appointment of Mourinho.
The most vocal opinion came from ex-footballer and current pundit Stan Collymore, who couldn’t be more emphatic about his reservations of Mourinho at Spurs, despite his success.
Amazing how some have bought into "Mourinho the winner" without any regard for how he leaves clubs.— Stan Collymore (@StanCollymore) November 20, 2019
Unbalanced, fractured, overspending,soulless.
Everything Spurs tried to avoid.
Good luck, I like Spurs a lot, but it's not how this man comes in, it's how he'll leave you. 🙌🏽
Others were on board with the idea and anticipate good things from Mourinho for the club.
Mourinho an excellent appointment by Tottenham but also shows superb work done by Pochettino. Jose would not have been interested in job five years ago,they are now a far bigger draw because of the work his predecessor has done. Spurs want to win things, that’s what Jose does— Luke Edwards (@LukeEdwardsTele) November 20, 2019
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