What next for Mauricio Pochettino?
The Argentine coach was widely regarded as one of the world’s best managers five months ago, when he led Tottenham to their first ever Champions League final.
In truth, that probably hasn’t changed too much, despite his shock sacking earlier this week. The 47-year-old will still be in contention for the some of the biggest jobs in world football over the coming months.
Pochettino is already being linked with the Bayern Munich job, while the likes of Barcelona, Manchester United and Arsenal have also been mentioned as possible next destinations.
But a big part of him will surely feel incredibly disappointed that his five-and-a-half-year spell at Spurs has ended in such an abrupt and unceremonious manner.
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And how does he feel that Daniel Levy has appointed Jose Mourinho as his successor?
A lot of people fear that Mourinho is the wrong man for Spurs - including, it seems, Pochettino himself.
ESPN have published fascinating details of the inside story from ’Tottenham’s turbulent day’, which saw Pochettino sacked and Mourinho hired within a matter of hours.
And there’s a particularly interesting line about his fears for Spurs under their new manager.
“Equally, the reasons for Pochettino being fired are understood, per ESPN FC sources, on two levels. First, he didn't not want to resign or come to a ‘mutual consent’ arrangement. He was only going to leave if another club came in or if Levy sacked him. Exiting under better conditions, according to sources, would have looked like an admission of failure in Pochettino's mind and would tarnish his ability to command another job at a big club.
“His gamble is simple: If things go massively wrong under Mourinho (something Pochettino is confident will happen), the blame shifts to Levy for a lack of patience rather than Pochettino giving up on the club.”
Confident of things going massively wrong for Spurs under Mourinho, eh...
ESPN clearly have inside information that Pochettino doesn’t expect the revered Portuguese tactician, who has signed a contract worth £15 million a year, to succeed at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
It’s hard to tell whether this opinion stems from bitterness, or whether it’s genuinely what he thinks will happen.
But he isn’t the only person to suspect that Levy has made a mistake going for Mourinho, who will be desperate to prove over the coming weeks and months that his best days as a coach are not behind him.News Now - Sport News