Tottenham Hotspur have sacked Pochettino. You have read that correctly. The man who led Spurs to four consecutive top-four finishes and a Champions League Final, has been sacked.
I always assumed that Poch would eventually leave to seek a bigger job, or he would walk out due to lack of backing from Levy, not the club sending him packing.
Pochettino was a victim of his own success at Spurs. He built a young team from absolutely nothing, over-achieving each and every year, which was ultimately his downfall.
The Tottenham board have been far too greedy and far too hasty in their decision. They forget that no Spurs manager in recent history has been able to do what Poch did.
They expect someone to come in, pick up the pieces, and drive Spurs back to a Champions League challenging team? Not going to happen.
The best man for the job is now, in fact, out of a job.
Pochettino should have been backed further in the last transfer window. The club should have sold the players he did not want, including the contract rebels, and invested in a new team.
The Argentine wanted a painful rebuild, but he was only given half by Levy, the pain.
With his core group of stars coming towards the ends of their careers, how was Pochettino expected to maintain his high performances?
Poch built Spurs up to a point where they could have pushed on for league titles with the right investment, but Levy and co have wasted that opportunity. It has gone now.
Instead, Spurs fall back to square one, ready to start again with another manager who I doubt will be able to match the journey Poch took the club on this past five years.
To make matters even worse, Pochettino will walk into one of the biggest jobs on the planet and win it all. Mark my words.
One step forward and ten leaps back for Spurs.
What have you done Mr Levy?
You should have backed him, not sacked him.
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