Poch Gone – Mourinho in
In one of the busiest twelve hours in the club’s history, we had no time to speculate on what was going on at Spurs before we got the answer. On Tuesday evening, news filtered through that Tottenham had dispensed with the services of Mauricio Pochettino after a poor start to the 2019/20 season.
The timing seemed odd – carried out at the end of the international break rather than the beginning which had seemed more logical. By 7.00 am on Wednesday morning, we found out why.
Poch Pays the Price
Reaction on social media to the news of Mauricio’s firing was mixed to an extent but most Spurs fans were shocked and saddened by the club’s official announcement. Those who let their anger surface directed their ire at those players in the squad who were letting their contracts run down.
In some parts of the media, Mauricio was being blamed for the negativity within the side and one article stated that he was creating more problems than he solved. With Pochettino gone, the speculation hardly had time to start. Jose Mourinho was installed as the bookmakers’ odds on favourite but with many observers sceptical over the suggestion, the former Chelsea, Manchester United and Real Madrid man was confirmed as the new boss in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
It is an odd day. We’re genuinely sad at the departure of Pochettino as we look back over the happier times from his five year tenure. While the constant criticism surrounding a lack of trophies lurked in the background, Poch had turned us into Champions League regulars on the back of the attacking, breathtaking football which is seen as our heritage.
A little over a year ago, we were battering Everton 6-2 at Goodison before following up with a 5-0 home win over Bournemouth. In the New Year, however, things started to go wrong and despite that stunning run in the Champions League, domestic results dropped off. In fact, we still haven’t won an away Premier League match since January and it’s now over to Jose to try to put that right against West Ham this Saturday.
As for Poch, he won’t be out of work for long. Speculation over an immediate return to the EPL with Manchester United is rife while Real Madrid are also widely reported to be long term admirers.
The appointment of Jose Mourinho is an interesting one: He’s a winner that’s for sure and won’t be satisfied unless he’s bringing home silverware but can he achieve that at Spurs? Aside from his early days at Porto, Jose has worked at cash rich clubs who can throw money at whichever player he wants and Tottenham do not fit that profile.
Mourinho is also known for his defensive mindset – one that goes against the attacking ethos of our club. Those are potential negatives but on the other hand, we have just hired one of the most successful football managers in the history of the game. Furthermore, Jose will not be pandering to any contract rebels in the remaining months of the campaign.
We’ve mixed feelings here: There’s curious excitement over what comes next but the departure of Mauricio Pochettino is immensely sad and over five years, he’s given us some of our best memories in over 40 years of supporting this great club.