Tottenham Hotspur took the difficult decision to part ways with Mauricio Pochettino after five-and-a-half years in November of 2019.
The Argentine had arrived in North London at a club competing in the Europa League and dreaming of consistent top-four finishes.
Pochettino went on to finish in the Champions League spots for four consecutive seasons, while also making it all the way to the final of the competition itself last year.
Unfortunately, the Argentine was never able to pick up a trophy at Tottenham and a woeful run of form throughout 2019 eventually led to his demise.
Alasdair Gold, a journalist from Football London, has now claimed that Pochettino made two key mistakes that contributed to the poor 2019 form.
He claimed that the Spurs boss should have refrained from commenting on his own future, while he should have also fought harder to get what he wanted for his squad.
Pochettino famously went almost 18-months without signing a single new player. He also hinted that he could leave Spurs after the Champions League Final (Guardian).
In a Football London Q&A, Gold said: ‘A lack of investment in the squad which meant a staleness and tiredness after the busy festive period among Pochettino’s team, some disgruntled players who wanted out, uncertainty over whether they would play their home matches and a manager who was beginning to realise that he could not do any more with what he had at his disposal.
‘As it was he could in Europe, with this historic Champions League final, but in the Premier League Spurs struggled when it came to digging in and getting results, something they had become known for under the Argentine.
‘That lack of unity and fight for each other was ebbing away and it only got worse the next season with players who needed to move on remaining at the club and those whose future remained unclear.
‘Pochettino did not help matters with his comments on his own future and perhaps not fighting harder publicly to get what he wanted for his squad.’
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