Mauricio Pochettino spoke about Tottenham Hotspur’s need for a ‘painful’ rebuild if they wanted to stay competitive at the top level just six months before he was sacked by Daniel Levy (Evening Standard).
The Argentine’s prediction has proven to be true with the club having faltered under Jose Mourinho and failed to qualify for the Champions League for the second successive season having become regulars in the competition while the 49-year-old was in charge.
The Times reported yesterday that Pochettino wanted to offload some of his squad following the Champions League final defeat to Liverpool with Eric Dier and Toby Alderweireld two of the players he had earmarked for the exit.
Alderweireld signed a new contract until 2023 shortly after Pochettino’s departure with his existing contract having been set to expire at the end of that campaign (BBC).
Dier has experienced a difficult season with form, having made a number of mistakes which ended up costing him a place in England’s squad for the European Championships after Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate admitted that he has not had the strongest of seasons to warrant a call-up (Evening Standard).
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