Former Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino has been talking to The Guardian about his exit from the club and his relationship with Daniel Levy.
The Argentine left Spurs last November after a string of poor results in 2019, despite Spurs making the Champions League final nearly 12 months ago.
Jose Mourinho was sacked not long after and the relationship between Pochettino and Levy was often the topic for gossip in the football column inches.
However, the popular former Spurs boss has now made it very clear that he remains friends with the slightly less popular Tottenham chairman.
He also told The Guardian how he joked with Levy regarding not being first-choice for the Tottenham job back in 2014. It comes after Louis van Gaal recently told the press in Holland how Daniel Levy offered him the Spurs job first, leaving his house in the Netherlands in the boot of his car to avoid a local journalist looking for the scoop.
“I said to Daniel that we finished in the way that no one wanted but the end … it needed to happen. If not, our relationship will continue forever! And maybe that’s no good for the club or for us.
“When the decision came, we needed to move on. The decision for us to be hired was fantastic and when the decision is not good for you, you need to show the respect. Always, Daniel is going to be my friend. All the people at the club will be.
‘Oh, you signed me because the manager you liked at that time, [Louis] van Gaal, chose to go to Manchester United.’”
It certainly seems as though the relationship between the pair is not fractured, despite the rather sad way Pochettino’s time at Tottenham came to an end.
But the Argentine has taken the exit well and is now looking forward to a return to football, with his gardening leave at Tottenham coming to an end.