I gave the best of me at Spurs: Mauricio Pochettino
Mauricio Pochettino, who was sacked as Tottenham Hotspur manager last week, said he gave his best during his five-and-a-half years in charge of the club. Pochettino, who took over in 2014, led Spurs to four successive top-four Premier League finishes. He also helped the side to reach the finale of the 2018-19 Champions League. Here's more.
'I gave the best of me to accomplish the objectives'
Pochettino claimed he gave the best of himself to accomplish the objectives. "I gave the best of me to accomplish the objectives I was asked for in our first meeting," added Pochettino. "I would like to thank [owner] Joe Lewis and [chairman] Daniel Levy for giving me the opportunity to be part of Tottenham's history." He also thanked the staff, players and fans.
I am sure we will cross paths again, says Pochettino
The Argentine was replaced by former Chelsea and Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho last week. In his first statement post the sack, Pochettino said, "There were equally tough challenges as exciting successes. Best wishes for the future, I am sure we will cross paths again."
Pochettino wanted to remain at Spurs for a long time
The former Espanyol and Southampton manager had signed a new five-year contract in May 2018. Earlier this year in January, he also spoke of hoping to remain with Tottenham for at least 20 years. However, with his team languishing on 14th in the Premier League, he was shown the door. The domestic results since the last phase of the 2018-19 campaign didn't go smoothly.
A look at Pochettino at Spurs and other developments
Pochettino managed 293 games across all competitions. He won 159 matches, drew 62 and lost 72 at win percentage of 54.3. However, one thing missing in his tenure was a trophy. The celebrated manager is rumored to have attracted interest from German champions Bayern Munich and Premier League side Arsenal. It's predicted that it won't be long before Poch gets a new job.
Spurs have started well under Jose Mourinho
Meanwhile, under Mourinho, Spurs have had a strong start. They beat West Ham 3-2 last week in the Premier League in his first game. Earlier this week, Spurs overcame Olympiacos 4-2 to advance into the round of 16 of the Champions League.