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Mauricio Pochettino Sacked as Tottenham Manager Amid 'Disappointing' Results

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistNovember 19, 2019

Tottenham Hotspur's Argentinian head coach Mauricio Pochettino reacts during the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Sheffield United at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, on November 9, 2019. (Photo by Ian KINGTON / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. /  (Photo by IAN KINGTON/AFP via Getty Images)
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Mauricio Pochettino has been sacked as Tottenham Hotspur manager after five and a half years at the club.

The news was confirmed in a Spurs club statement on Tuesday, with chairman Daniel Levy saying:

"We were extremely reluctant to make this change and 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." 

The Argentinian departs with Spurs lying 14th in the Premier League table on 14 points after 12 games:

Premier League @premierleague

A dramatic #PL weekend https://t.co/4nNdSH0kPY

Since beating Leicester City 3-1 on February 10, Tottenham have won just six times in 24 matches in the English top flight, and they are currently on a five-game winless run in the league. 

Pochettino led Tottenham to their first UEFA Champions League final back in June, which they lost 2-0 to Liverpool, but the club's hierarchy clearly think that was merely papering over some fundamental cracks.

Early in the 2019-20 season, there have been issues off the field as well as on, not least the seeming disinterest of players like Christian Eriksen, Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld, who have all been linked with exits:

Rob Harris @RobHarris

Pochettino fomented negativity around Spurs as the Prem Lge struggles continued. Even victories were turned into moments to complain. Despite failing to win a trophy, 4 consecutive CL qualifications & reaching final a remarkable achievement for a club that didn’t spend heavily

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For many, though, the 47-year-old's dismissal is likely to be viewed as premature:

Sachin Nakrani @SachinNakrani

Sums it up pretty well 👌 https://t.co/c79Pzxtjcr

Becky Ives @Becky_Ives_

Wow. #Poch sacked?! I didn’t think it was close to this point as of yet....#Spurs fans....what are your thoughts on this?!

Kevin Clark @bykevinclark

This is particularly true right now of Pochettino but it's true in all sports: If the guy you fired immediately becomes the top candidate for every available or near-available job, you probably should have kept him.

He oversaw one of the most successful periods in Tottenham's history and established the club as Champions League regulars:

Sky Sports Statto @SkySportsStatto

📊Tottenham's record in PL era: 4⃣ Top 4 finishes under Pochettino (5 seasons) 2⃣ Top 4 finishes pre Pochettino (22 seasons) https://t.co/2YRa83636R

Pochettino's departure from Spurs will likely pique the interest of numerous other top clubs across Europe:

Ed Malyon @eaamalyon

Pochettino really will have the pick of elite clubs when he decides to get back into management. An immediate upgrade on the incumbent at Bayern, Juve, Barcelona, and probably Real Madrid before you even mention PL sides

Sam Tighe @stighefootball

If you’re a top club pondering a managerial change, one of the very best in the world just became available. Now might be the time.

Tottenham are back in action in the Premier League on Saturday when they visit West Ham United. 

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