Dele Alli has sent a heartfelt message to Mauricio Pochettino on Twitter after Tottenham Hotspur decided to sack the Argentine manager after a poor start to the 2019-20 campaign.
Pochettino’s five-and-a-half-year reign has ended to the frustration and anger of Spurs fans, after chairman Daniel Levy called time on the former Southampton and Espanyol manager’s spell at the club.
Pochettino earned the love and respect of Spurs fans after turning a top-six club into one that consistently qualified for Champions League football, trusted Spurs’ youth system and took them to the Champions League final just six months ago.
However, Pochettino has been sacked just 18 months after signing a five-year deal at the end of the 2017-18 season. Alli – who was signed by Spurs for £5million (BBC Sport) during Pochettino’s reign – posted on Twitter after Pochettino’s departure.
I can’t thank this man enough. He’s taught me so much and I’m so grateful for everything he’s done for me. Good luck and hope to see you again my friend. pic.twitter.com/dUO6AJlMxR
— Dele (@dele_official) November 19, 2019
TBR’s view – Is Levy right to call time on Pochettino’s Tottenham spell?
The problem at Tottenham right now is that things have gone stale. Pochettino saw his side come within a whisker of winning a trophy and ending the silverware demon – but this season, things seem unable to improve under his stewardship.
A lack of investment from Levy and the Spurs board, twinned with a bad smell emanating from the Spurs squad and those that want to leave – Christian Eriksen, Danny Rose and more – has seemingly affected performances on the pitch.
But Pochettino is not blameless. Constant rotation of his side, strange selections – Eriksen continued to be first choice despite his lack of form – and intriguing press conferences where he called out Levy numerous times have ultimately seen him leave.