Mauricio Pochettino reveals why he has been back in contact with some Spurs players

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Dom Le Roy

Mauricio Pochettino spent five and a half years in North London in charge of Tottenham, enjoying some incredible memories with the Lilywhites.

When he arrived, the Argentine was taking charge of a Europa League side struggling to keep pace with the big clubs in the Premier League. When he left, they had just played in their first Champions League Final.

Unfortunately, the only dark cloud that still hands over Poch’s half-decade reign is the fact that he was never able to lift a trophy with Tottenham.

The club pushed Leicester and Chelsea close in consecutive Premier League seasons, while also finishing as runners-up in the League Cup and Champions League.

Pochettino was sacked by the club back in late November, with Jose Mourinho being appointed within 24 hours. The turnaround was so fast that Poch was not afforded the chance to say goodbye to the full squad at Hotspur Way (Sun).

The Argentine has now revealed that he has been in touch with some of his former players regarding the outbreak of the coronavirus across the UK. Poch also hit out at how footballing authorities have dealt with the issue.

He said (TNT Sports – relayed by Mirror): “They (the football authorities) handled themselves irresponsibly and made late decisions.

“I understand that the economic aspect comes into play in football and is a deciding factor much of the time, but seeing everything that is happening, I think that in Europe, they managed irresponsibly and made late decisions.”

On what he told some of his former Spurs players, Poch said: “I told them that there is no need to be at risk and that football takes second place to health.

“It seems good to me that measures have already been taken. It is the best way to try to control the virus until a cure is found.”

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