Spurs call time on Pochettino era

Tottenham Hotspur
Mauricio Pochettino

Tottenham have sacked Mauricio Pochettino, with Daniel Levy insisting the board were "extremely reluctant" to part company with the manager.

The Argentinian has been in charge of the club for the last five-and-a-half years, but a poor start to the season, coupled with a frustrating end to last term, has led to him losing his job.

There has been mounting talk that Pochettino’s position was under threat, after winning just three and losing four of their opening 12 Premier League matches.

Despite the 47-year-old leading Spurs to last season’s Champions League final, where they lost to domestic rivals Liverpool 2-0, the league form was disappointing. Tottenham won just one of their last five domestic fixtures at the end of last term and crept into the top four mainly thanks to their rivals Arsenal enduring a woeful end to the season.

It was revealed earlier on Tuesday that Pochettino and Levy were due to hold talks, with growing speculation that it could signal the end of the reign of the former Southampton boss.

In a statement, chairman Levy revealed: “We were extremely reluctant to make this change. It is not a decision the board has taken lightly, nor in haste.

“Regrettably domestic results at the end of last season and beginning of this season have been extremely disappointing.”

He added: “It falls on 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.”

With Tottenham in 14th ahead of a hectic Christmas and New Year fixture schedule, they will be seeking a quick response under a new manager.

The statement confirmed that the club will make an announcement “in due course” regarding Pochettino’s replacement, but it’s likely a caretaker boss will be in charge for Saturday’s London derby at West Ham.