Gus Poyet has stated that ‘you have to ask Daniel Levy’ as to why he let go of Mauricio Pochettino and Jose Mourinho from Tottenham in such a brutal fashion, as he told talkSPORT (12/10/21 at 12:40 pm).
The former Spurs coach and player initially felt that Tottenham sacked Pochettino, so they can take that next step and ‘win a trophy’.
That would be understandable, albeit harsh towards the Argentine, but it would make more sense to then bring in a Mourinho-like figure.
Regardless of what the perception is of the outspoken coach, one thing he has constantly done during his career is deliver trophy after trophy, wherever he has been
But, Mourinho was sacked one week before Tottenham’s League Cup final showdown against Man City.
All of that left Poyet baffled because he thinks the reason Mourinho got hired is also the reason why he got the chop.
“There is always a reason behind the decision,” said Poyet. “I think, outside of the decision from Tottenham, was ‘we want to win a trophy now’, so we are going to change Pochettino for Mourinho.
“I think that was clear. But the problem, with a week heading into the final (of the League Cup under Mourinho), the first chance for Mourinho to win a trophy (with Spurs). He got sacked!
“So, the reason you are looking at the beginning (as to why they sacked Poch). I don’t know. It’s difficult to know. You have to ask Daniel Levy – the reason for hiring him (Mourinho) is the reason why he got sacked.”
Those calls from Levy have actually put Spurs in a much worse situation and now they are staring down the barrel waiting for those shots to be fired again, so they can be knocked to the floor again.
There were issues with Mourinho’s style, the big difference is that his teams still scored a healthy amount of goals, he got the best out of Harry Kane and he has his trophy-laden career behind him.
The same can’t be said for Nuno Espirito Santo, who wasn’t even first, second or third choice in the summer.
And it seems as though if things continue to go wrong, then the reaction won’t be pleasant towards the players, the man in the dugout or Levy in the boardroom.