Going by the reaction on social media to Amazon’s documentary about Tottenham’s 2019/20 season, the one criticism that some Spurs fans seem to have is the lack of screen time dedicated to Mauricio Pochettino.
Despite his failure to win silverware at Spurs, the Argentine is universally acknowledged as the best manager the club have had in their recent history as he took them extremely close to both Premier League and Champions League titles.
However, the team struggled to recover from the hangover of losing the Champions League Final in 2019 and results thus suffered at the start of the campaign, leading to the 48-year-old eventually losing his job in November after five and a half years at the helm.
The entire saga is done and dusted within 25 minutes of the first episode of the documentary, with Mourinho being swiftly introduced to the viewers.
Football.London’s Alasdair Gold has now explained that while Mourinho’s popularity and stardom contributed to him dominating the series, Spurs also wanted to avoid making Pochettino look bad.
He claims that Tottenham’s reluctance to talk about their previous managers was the main reason their former head coach’s struggles were barely covered.
Responding to a question from a fan who asked him in a Q and A about why Pochettino got such little screen time, Gold said: “Because Jose Mourinho joined. There will be an element of not wanting to make Poch look bad after his exit but more so that Mourinho is the selling point.
“Every country in the world knows Jose Mourinho and want to know more about him. Like him or not, he’s a global personality. The filmmakers must have jumped for joy when they saw him coming in.”
Responding to another fan who had a similar question, he said: “As above, I think a lot of the Poch era was wrapped up quickly as soon as Mourinho walked in the door.
“It’s become the Mourinho show and from a marketing point of view, you can see why.
“Also, as a club, Spurs don’t like to look back to previous managers or mention them. You’ll often barely hear a word about them until years after they’ve left.”
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I actually thought Amazon dealt with Pochettino’s sacking very well. I would have hated to relive the entire thing given how much I loved the Argentine and I was glad that they did not show him breaking down on camera. I do not think Pochettino or the players came off looking bad from the documentary.
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