Mauricio Pochettino sacked: Reaction from the world of football, including Gary Lineker, Jamie Carragher and Harry Redknapp

Daniel Levy (left) and Mauricio Pochettino
Daniel Levy (left) and Mauricio Pochettino

After Mauricio Pochettino's exit from Spurs, we look at the reaction from the world of football...

The Argentinian has been relieved of his duties after five-and-a-half years in charge.

Spurs, who were in the Champions League final only six months ago, have endured a tough start to the season and are currently 14th in the Premier League table.

Chairman Daniel Levy, who appointed Pochettino in June 2014, said: "We were extremely reluctant to make this change and it is not a decision the board have taken lightly, nor in haste.

"Regrettably domestic results at the end of last season and the beginning of this season have been extremely disappointing.

"It falls on the board to make the difficult decisions - this one made more so given the many memorable moments we have had with Mauricio and his coaching staff - but we do so in the club's best interests."

Gary Lineker

Tottenham will struggle to find a better manager than Mauricio Pochettino after opting to sack the Argentinian, according Gary Lineker.

Harry Redknapp

  • On Sky Sports News:

"When people talk about the players all loving him, if they love him that much, maybe they should have all started playing a bit better," Redknapp said.

"They've got him the sack, at the end of the day. They haven't performed well enough, that's why he's lost his job. If they all loved him so much, perhaps they should have done a bit better for him.

"That's why you get the sack. They've had one Champions League final; if you look back at the run, everything went their way a little bit. They've not won a trophy in five or six years with an incredible set of players.

"People say they need a better squad; have a look at them, they have four international full-backs, internationals all over the place, England internationals, all kinds. And up front they're not short either. They're massively underachieving at the moment."

Redknapp was on Sky Sports News a short while ago and was asked if he fancied the Spurs job.

“Of course I would! But I’m a realist, I don’t live in cuckoo land, the chances are very slim," he said.

"If Daniel rang me tomorrow I’d walk there, of course I would, but it’s not going to happen.”

Jamie Carragher

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher backed Pochettino to be back managing in the Premier League soon.

More Jamie Carragher who suspects Mauricio Pochettino may feel a little let down by the decision to let him go.

He said on Sky Sports News: “Massive shock - There’s no doubt Spurs have made a poor start to the season and had a poor 2019 domestically.

"I think the job Mauricio Pochettino has done is miraculous the four or five years he’s been there. Certainly he deserved to see out the season and get as close as possible to the Champions League where they’ve been so often so a massive shock."

”Spurs are struggling in the league this term and currently sit 14th but Jamie Carragher - who has just done a phone interview with Sky Sports News - is still stunned by Pochettino's departure. “

“The timing is very strange," Carragher continued.

"I always think it’s a tough time for a manager if they’re not doing well before an international break, it gives the club time to make a decision, a week or so to settle everything down and bring someone in.

"But to make it late shows that there’s probably been a lot of discussions going on in the 10 days since the Sheffield United game. I’m shocked that it’s a sacking and I thought it may have been when I first heard the news a mutual agreement.

"The fact he’s been sacked I find that really, really strange and also I think it’s a bit out of order really considering the job he’s done."

Dele Alli

Toby Alderweireld

"It's a surprise for me as well," he told Sky Sports after Belgium's Euro 2020 qualifying win over Cyprus.

"I think the club made a decision and we have to accept this. I think we have to be very thankful to him, for what he achieved, he brought this club to the next level."

The centre-back said he expected Spurs to bring in a "big manager" to replace Pochettino.

Jesus Perez

Pochettino's assistant Perez paid tribute to the Spurs fans, saying on Twitter:

Ben Davies

Tottenham defender Ben Davies paid tribute to Pochettino and predicted the Argentinian would "go onto bigger and better things" after leaving Spurs.

"I didn't know until after the game," Davies said following Wales' 2-0 win over Hungary which clinched their qualification for Euro 2020.

"I was very shocked. But I'd like to put on record, it's been amazing to work with him for the last five years and I'm sure he will go onto bigger and better things."

Tottenham Hotspur Supporters' Trust

The Tottenham Hotspur Supporters' Trust issued a statement following the 47-year-old's sacking, suggesting they felt he deserved more time to address the recent slide.

"We're shocked and saddened to hear our club has sacked Mauricio Pochettino and his coaching staff," their statement read.

"During his time at Spurs, Poch gave us many of our best moments as supporters, made Tottenham Hotspur a force to be reckoned with again, and forged a strong link with the fans. We will never forget the joy he brought us.

"Of course, results in the league have been disappointing for some time. But many fans thought Poch had earned the right to turn it around in the first sustained period of poor form we've had during his time at the club. We now have to look forward and take stock. But there are questions that must be asked of the board of THFC."

Jermaine Jenas

Trevor Sinclair

Former England midfielder Trevor Sinclair blamed Totteham's players for letting their manager down, tweeting:

Chris Kamara

Jeff Stelling

Chris Sutton

Piers Morgan

More reaction to appear here...

Like what you've read?
Help your friends Know It All by sharing this article to your social media.

Most Read Football

Phil Foden celebrates scoring for Manchester City against Dinamo Zagreb1

City power through in style

A Gabriel Jesus hat-trick and Phil Foden strike saw Manchester City power into the Champions League knockouts with 4-1 win in Zagreb.

Duncan Ferguson celebrating Everton's opening goal against Chelsea2

Toffees stick with Ferguson

Despite being linked with a move for Carlo Ancelotti, Everton have announced Duncan Ferguson will remain in charge for Sunday's game at Manchester United.

Paul Pogba and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer3

Ole backs Pogba to shine

Ole Gunnar Solskajer expects Paul Pogba to play a big part for Manchester United in the second half of the season despite talk of him being sold in January.

Our best bets for the latest round of Europa League fixtures4

Europa League betting preview

It's the final set of group games and Paul Higham expects goals at Man Utd and Wolves, and even fancies backing Arsenal away.

Check out our latest Champions League preview and tips5

Wednesday's Champions League tips

George Pitts previews Wednesday's action in the Champions League, including Man City and Tottenham's matchday six fixtures.

Most Read Football

Phil Foden celebrates scoring for Manchester City against Dinamo Zagreb1

City power through in style

A Gabriel Jesus hat-trick and Phil Foden strike saw Manchester City power into the Champions League knockouts with 4-1 win in Zagreb.

Duncan Ferguson celebrating Everton's opening goal against Chelsea2

Toffees stick with Ferguson

Despite being linked with a move for Carlo Ancelotti, Everton have announced Duncan Ferguson will remain in charge for Sunday's game at Manchester United.

Paul Pogba and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer3

Ole backs Pogba to shine

Ole Gunnar Solskajer expects Paul Pogba to play a big part for Manchester United in the second half of the season despite talk of him being sold in January.

Our best bets for the latest round of Europa League fixtures4

Europa League betting preview

It's the final set of group games and Paul Higham expects goals at Man Utd and Wolves, and even fancies backing Arsenal away.

Check out our latest Champions League preview and tips5

Wednesday's Champions League tips

George Pitts previews Wednesday's action in the Champions League, including Man City and Tottenham's matchday six fixtures.

Football Tips

Check out our latest Champions League preview and tips

Wednesday's Champions League tips

George Pitts previews Wednesday's action in the Champions League, including Man City and Tottenham's matchday six fixtures.

Our best bets for the latest round of Europa League fixtures

Europa League betting preview

It's the final set of group games and Paul Higham expects goals at Man Utd and Wolves, and even fancies backing Arsenal away.

Ballydine in winning action at Sandown

Sporting Life Tipping Record

A look at how the Sporting Life recommended bets have performed in December 2019.