Jamie Carragher, Peter Crouch and Chris Sutton have all criticised Tottenham’s decision to sack Mauricio Pochettino just months after he led Tottenham into the Champions League final.
Carragher told Sky Sports: “It’s a massive shock. The job Mauricio Pochettino has done is miraculous. The timing is very strange. He’s been sacked – I find that really, really strange and it’s a bit out of order considering the job he’s done.”
Over in the Daily Mail, former Spurs striker Peter Crouch added: “I’m flabbergasted by Tottenham’s decision. Some clubs would build a statue for a manager who took them to the biggest game in club football. I fear it is a decision Tottenham will regret.”
His fellow BT Sport pundit said to the same paper: “Where’s the loyalty? Chairman Daniel Levy said he was ‘reluctant’ to do it. Well, you went ahead and did it, and I see this as a huge backward step. He can be proud of his time at Tottenham and leave with his chest puffed out – but with a knife in his back.”
TBR’s View – The demand for Pochettino’s services will underline what a job he’s done
Pochettino came to Tottenham as a manager who had done a good job with Southampton and leaves it as arguably the hottest managerial property in world football.
Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United and Real Madrid will lead the chase and Tottenham fans will likely never forget the memories he provided.
It feels like a backwards step getting Mourinho in but he does have a history of winning trophies. Will he leave Tottenham in as good a state as Pochettino does? That’s unlikely.