Pochettino’s exit from Spurs felt inevitable, as we fell into a cycle of Groundhog Day press conferences, chronic under investment and uneasy performances.
A source close to the club tells The Boy Hotspur that they believe the demise was a long time coming – and infers that perhaps Mauricio Pochettino read the tea-leaves a long way before we arrived in the Champions League final.
Over a year before the sacking, Poch had been acting increasingly erratic in press conferences (blaming all of his peculiar pronouncements on a language barrier, when he didn’t talk the same way earlier in his tenure, is a fantasy mitigation), players he said he wanted then when the deals were almost done would suddenly change his mind about, and was telling people close to him that he was burned out. Someone who was pro-DL or anti-MP could describe that he had “quit on Spurs”.
I adore Poch, and wish I didn’t know some things I’ve been told by sources close to him, to the club and to the players. He was my favourite Spurs manager in almost 40 years, but in my opinion, Poch and Levy share the blame for the unravelling of his tenure.Source
There were several points in the process where some flexibility from either/both Levy and Poch could have pulled things back from the brink. They both chose not to take those opportunities.
Spurs fans are paying the price for that intransigence.