TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR has sacked manager, Mauricio Pochettino, and his coaching staff.
The Argentine was reportedly under pressure following a difficult start to the season. Spurs have won just three of their opening twelve Premier League matches to date, leaving them in fourteenth place. The North Londoners also suffered an embarrassing Carabao Cup exit at Sky Bet League Two outfit, Colchester United, as well as being on the wrong end of a 7-2 UEFA Champions League defeat against Bayern Munich at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Pochettino led Spurs to the Champions League final last season. The 47-year-old had been in charge since moving from Southampton in May 2014. His assistant Jesus Perez, and coaches Miguel d’Agostino and Antoni Jimenez have also parted company the club.
In a statement released by the club, chairman, Daniel Levy explained: “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.
“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.”
The statement continued: “Mauricio and his coaching staff will always be part of our history.
“I have the utmost admiration for the manner in which he dealt with the difficult times away from a home ground whilst we built the new stadium and for the warmth and positivity he brought to us. I should like to thank him and his coaching staff for all they have contributed. They will always be welcome here.
“We have a talented squad. We need to re-energise and look to deliver a positive season for our supporters.”
The club also confirmed that they provide an update on the new coaching staff in due course. However, it is believed that former Chelsea and Manchester United boss, Jose Mourinho is a strong candidate for the post.