Mauricio Pochettino must still be coming to terms with Daniel Levy’s decision to relieve him of his duties at Tottenham earlier this week.
The Argentine coach, whose five-and-a-half-year spell as Spurs manager came to an abrupt end on Tuesday night, has already been replaced at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium by Jose Mourinho.
Mourinho took charge of his first training session on Wednesday morning and the players were filmed being put through their paces by the revered Portuguese tactician and his newly-assembled coaching staff.
Despite the fact Pochettino has been paid a huge compensation package – around the £12.5 million mark, according to reports – the fact he’s been unceremoniously sacked following a surprisingly poor start to the 2019/20 campaign will have hurt the 47-year-old.
Nobody could have imagined this happening five months ago, when Spurs were competing in their first ever Champions League final.
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Pochettino appeared to have such a special bond with his players back then, but reports claim he lost the dressing week in recent weeks.
The Sun understand that Pochettino was sacked so suddenly that he didn’t even have time to say goodbye to his players in person.
Within hours of his dismissal, Mourinho had been appointed, meaning Pochettino was forced to leave a note to say thank you to his squad.
The same newspaper claims the note contained the following message: “Sorry we cannot come to say goodbye, you are always in our hearts.”
Short and sweet.
Pochettino, at the time of writing, is yet to make an official comment about Tottenham’s decision to sack him.
It shouldn’t be too much longer before we see Pochettino back in management – and he’s expected to land a huge job.
Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United are just three of the clubs that have already been linked with the newly-unemployed South American.
The Sun, in a separate report, also claim that Barcelona are ‘ready to pounce’ for Pochettino.
However, the former Espanyol boss insisted back in 2017 that he will never manage the Catalan giants.
“I am an Espanyol supporter. I don’t think I need to speak too much. It’s like if one day [the Tottenham chairman] Daniel Levy sacked me – in a few years it would be impossible for me to manage Arsenal. In football I know it is so difficult to keep your values and to be loyal – with your heart and emotion. But for me before being a manager, before being a player, being loyal is more important.
“I am an Espanyol fan. I love Espanyol. It’s like Tottenham for me now. It will be impossible, one day, to move to Arsenal. It will be impossible.”
But now Levy *has* sacked him, Pochettino may begin to question whether it’s really worth being loyal when it comes to football these days.