Mauricio Pochettino has been removed as Tottenham Hotspur manager.
The Argentine had been under some pressure from fans and the media in recent weeks after a slow start to the 2019/20 season, winning just two league games since an opening weekend victory over Aston Villa.
Some reports had suggested that Pochettino, who took the club to their first ever Champions League final this year, would have his position reviewed at the end of the year – while others claimed the club would back him indefinitely.
“We were extremely reluctant to make this change and it is not a decision the Board has taken lightly, nor in haste,” said Spurs chairman Daniel Levy. “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.”
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