Tottenham chairman Daniel has revealed in an exclusive interview with the Evening Standard that the sacking of former boss Mauricio Pochettino was the hardest managerial decision that he’s ever made – and it wasn’t something he ever wanted to do.
Pochettino was relieved of his duties last month after just three victories on their opening 13 Premier League matches left Spurs sitting 14th in the table and 12 points off fourth.
Tottenham had also been thrashed by Bayern Munich in the Champions League and suffered a humiliating Carabao Cup exit at the hands of League Two Colchester United.
Asked whether it was the hardest decision, the 57-year-old businessman admitted: “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 didn’t given the exact reasons why Pochettino was sacked, but after collecting just 24 points from his final 25 points – he admitted that a change was needed.
“I’m not going to sit here and analyse the past. It’s not productive. Mauricio did a fantastic job, we are very grateful. I wish him all the best for the future. I’m still in contact with him.
“My relationship is very good with him. It just got to the point where it felt we needed a divorce.”