Juan Sebastian Veron has been quoted by China.org as saying that Tottenham Hotspur were ungrateful to sack Mauricio Pochettino, as the Argentine legend defended his fellow countryman.
Pochettino was sacked by Spurs after a dismal run of form that had seen Tottenham slip into the bottom half of the Premier League. The Argentine, who had been in charge of the north London club since 2014, was replaced by Jose Mourinho.
Mourinho has since won six of his nine games in charge, losing to Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Chelsea but beating West Ham, Bournemouth, Olympiacos, Burnley, Wolves and Brighton – the latter a 2-1 win on Boxing Day.
Veron played alongside Pochettino in the Argentina national side for many years and the former Chelsea and Manchester Unitedmidfielder defended the ex-Spurs boss – claiming it as somewhat unfair to sack the ex-Southampton gaffer.
“Football, in a way, is ungrateful. For me, Mauricio did a great job at Tottenham, but many times they demand results,” Veron said. “Now it’s up to Jose Mourinho, another great coach. I hope he has more luck.”
TBR’s view – Where will Pochettino end up next?
Bayern Munich have announced that interim manager Hans-Dieter Flick will remain in charge of the German champions until the end of the campaign – despite Pochettino being out of work.
Manchester United are remaining loyal to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, despite some indifferent form. Arsenal have since appointed Mikel Arteta, while Carlo Ancelotti earned a 1-0 win in his first match as Everton boss.
So, where next for Pochettino? His former side Paris Saint-Germain could be looking out for a new manager, given Thomas Tuchel remaining somewhat under par. For the time being, though, Pochettino is likely to wait.