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Mauricio Pochettino has been dismissed as Tottenham Hotspur manager after five and a half years at the club.
The news was confirmed in a statement from the Spur Club on Tuesday with Chairman Daniel Levy saying:
" We were extremely reluctant to make this change and it is not a decision that The board has taken lightly, not even in a hurry. Unfortunately, domestic results at the end of last season and the beginning of this season have been extremely disappointing. "
The Argentine resigns with Spurs who are 14th in the Premier League table at 14 points after 12 Matches:
Since beating Leicester City 3-1 on February 10, Tottenham have won just six times in 24 matches in the English top flight, and they are currently on a five-game winless run in the league.
Pochettino led Tottenham to their first UEFA Champions League final in June, which they lost 2-0 to Liverpool, but the club's hierarchy clearly thinks it was just paper over some basic cracks.
Early in the 2019-20 season, there have been problems outside the field as well as on, not least the players' seemingly uninteresting Christian Eriksen, Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld, who have all been linked with exits :
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Pochettino noticed the negativity surrounding the Spurs as the Prem Lge fight continued. Even victories turned into moments to complain about.
Despite not winning a trophy, 4 CL qualifications in a row & amp; to reach the final a remarkable achievement for a club that did not spend much
But for many, the 47-year-old's dismissal is likely to be considered premature:
He oversaw one of the most successful periods in Tottenham's history and established the club as Champions League regulars:
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ottenTottenham's record in the PL era:
4⃣ Top 4 finishes during Pochettino (5 seasons)
2⃣ Top 4 finishes before Pochettino (22 seasons) https://t.co/2YRa83636Ruut19659032achtePochettino's departure from Spurs is likely to interest many other top clubs across Europe:
Tottenham are back in action in the Premier League on Saturday when they visit West Ham United.