‘It’s not something I ever wanted’: Daniel Levy admits sacking Mauricio Pochettino was ‘hardest decision’ he’s ever made as Tottenham chairman insists new boss Jose Mourinho was ‘absolutely No 1 candidate’ for the job
- Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy sacked manager Mauricio Pochettino
- Pochettino was replaced in November with Portuguese boss Jose Mourinho
- Levy has now said the decision was the ‘hardest decision’ he’s had to make
- He also believed Mourinho would do an ‘amazing job’ just like Pochettino
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy admits sacking Mauricio Pochettino last month was the ‘hardest decision’ he’s ever made.
Pochettino lost his job after a poor opening three months of the season but despite the fact he guided Spurs to the Champions League final last year.
After replacing the Argentinian with Jose Mourinho, Levy has now told the Evening Standard that it was the hardest managerial change he has had to make in his time at the club.
Mauricio Pochettino and Daniel Levy celebrate Spurs reaching the Champions League final
‘Yes, because you have to understand I had built up a personal relationship with Mauricio over five-and-a-half years,’ when asked if it was his hardest of all his managerial changes.
‘It is not something I ever wanted. Personally, it was incredibly difficult, I told him that and he understood. He’s been in football, he understands.
Jose Mourinho was hired as Tottenham manager just one day after Pochettino’s removal
‘It’s not personal and I’m sure he’ll come back stronger and get an opportunity to manage another great club.’
Despite the change, Levy insisted it was the right decision and said Mourinho was the ‘number one candidate for the job’.
‘He [Mauricio] did an amazing job and I’m sure that Jose will do equally an amazing job in a different way.’