LONDON (AP) — Less than six months after leading Tottenham to the Champions League final, Mauricio Pochettino was fired by the English club after its poor start to the Premier League season.
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy said the board was “extremely reluctant” to take the decision but was doing so “in the club’s best interests.”
Pochettino leaves after 5½ years in the job, during which he transformed the London club into a title contender in the Premier League and the Champions League but never managed to win a trophy.
Tottenham is currently 14th in the league having only won three of 12 games this campaign. The team has won just six games in the Premier League since February.
“It is not a decision the board has taken lightly, nor in haste,” Levy said. “Regrettably domestic results at the end of last season and beginning of this season have been extremely disappointing.
“It falls to the board to make the difficult decisions — this one made more so given the many memorable moments we have had with Mauricio and his coaching staff — but we do so in the club’s best interests.
Former Tottenham and England striker Gary Lineker said Pochettino had “helped the club to punch massively above their weight for years.”
“Good luck with finding a better replacement,” Lineker tweeted, “….ain’t gonna happen.”
Source: Fox Sports