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Tottenham Chairman Daniel Levy regrets sacking Mauricio Pochettino

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Tottenham chairman Daniel Levysays sacking Mauricio Pochettino is the hardest managerial decision he has ever had to make and has left the door open to the former head coach returning to the club in some capacity one day (EveningStandard).

Levy took the difficult decision to sack Pochettino last month after a five-year spell in which he established Spurs as top-four regulars and reached the Champions League Final in June.

The team had slumped to 14th in the Premier League after a poor run of domestic form stretching back throughout 2019 – taking 24 points from Pochettino’s final 25 matches. 

Asked in the second part of an exclusive interview whether it was the hardest managerial change he has had to make, Levy told Standard Sport: “Yes, because you have to understand I had built up a personal relationship with Mauricio over five-and-a-half years. 

“It is not something I ever wanted. Personally, it was incredibly difficult, I told him that and he understood. He’s been in football, he understands. 

“It’s not personal and I’m sure he’ll come back stronger and get an opportunity to manage another great club.”

Levy believes new boss Jose Mourinho will enjoy a long and successful spell in north London, saying the Portuguese was “absolutely the No1 candidate” for the job. But asked whether Pochettino could return to the club in the future, Levy said: “Why not? I don’t close the door on anything.”

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