Tottenham Hotspur sack long-serving manager Pochettino

PUBLISHED: 19:55 19 November 2019 | UPDATED: 20:02 19 November 2019

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino during the game with Watford. Picture: Jonathan Brady/PA

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino during the game with Watford. Picture: Jonathan Brady/PA

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Tottenham Hotspur have sacked manager Mauricio Pochettino after more than five years in charge of the club.

The Argentine enjoyed plenty of success at Spurs during his stint as they qualified for the Champions League in four of his fiveseasons and even made the final of that competition last season where they eventually lost to Premier League rivals Liverpool.

The north London outfit released a statement this evening about the decision with the views of chairman Daniel Levy.

"We were extremely reluctant to make this change and it is not a decision the board has taken lightly, nor in haste," Levy said.

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"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."

Spurs will now assess their options as they search for a new manager but in the mean time Levy is confident in the club's players.

"We have a talented squad. We need to re-energise and look to deliver a positive season for our supporters."

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