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Tottenham Hotspur confirm departure of manager Mauricio Pochettino

The club released a statement this evening.

Mauricio Pochettino (file pic).
Mauricio Pochettino (file pic).
Image: Jonathan Brady

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR HAVE announced that Mauricio Pochettino has left the Premier League club.

“The Club can today announce that Mauricio Pochettino and his coaching staff Jesus Perez, Miguel D’Agostino and Antoni Jimenez have been relieved of their duties,” a statement reads.

The Argentine — who has recently been heavily linked with Manchester United and Real Madrid — was appointed head coach of Spurs in 2014 following a stint at Southampton.

He guided the London club to new heights — recording four consecutive top-four Premier League finishes, one of those a second-place conclusion in 2016/17.

Last season, Pochettino led them to the Champions League final for the first time in the club’s history. But Spurs have endured a terrible start to the 2019/20 season, winning just three league games so far — and six of their last 24.

“We were extremely reluctant to make this change and it is not a decision the Board has taken lightly, nor in haste,” chairman Daniel Levy said.

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

“It falls to 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.

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.”

Tottenham confirmed that they will provide an update on new coaching staff in due course.

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