Twitter reacts as Mauricio Pochettino gets the sack
The reign of the Poch has met its demise. At precisely 7:34 pm on Tuesday, 19th November, Tottenham Hotspur released an official statement via their Twitter account.
The statement dealt with something that up until a few months ago was unthinkable — the permanent dismissal of their Argentinian coach. Poch's near six-year reign had transformed Spurs from an afterthought of a club to mainstays in the world of elite football. Depending on who and where you're stationed, the news was met by a mix of acceptance, anger, frustration and plenty of surprise.
And as is the case with the modern world, plenty of people jumped onto Twitter to share their opinions on the sacking. We've compiled some of the best below:
When my wife died very suddenly two years ago, the one manager who took the time to write personally to me was Mauricio Pochettino and it was a heart felt letter. Class manager even better man.
— Simon Thomas (@SimonThomasSky) November 19, 2019
Think we’ve found a title for that Spurs documentary pic.twitter.com/1QwTUV2qYp
— FootballJOE (@FootballJOE) November 19, 2019
2014: “We will give everything to make you proud of this Football club again.”
Up until tonight I’ve never felt prouder following Spurs. Over the last five years we’ve created memories with friends & family I’ll never forget. So for that, thank you Poch. #HesMagic pic.twitter.com/FL3GUsYJos
— Kieran (@Kieran_N17) November 19, 2019
I JUST WOKE UP TO SEE POCH HAS BEEN SACKED ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME
— George (@georgeachillea) November 19, 2019
From the laughing stock to the Champions League Final.
From Top 4 hopefuls to top 4 regulars.
From No signings to No stadium, he challenged for the title.
Poch made us all believe again. He gave us memories to last a lifetime.
He’s Magic you know.
Thank You Poch🙏
— Ashley Watts (@AshWatts93) November 19, 2019
Who should replace Mauricio Pochettino at Spurs? pic.twitter.com/ed0xaLrXKk
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) November 19, 2019
Mauricio Pochettino - Tottenham’s most successful manager since the 1960s:
- 0 league titles
- 0 FA Cups
- 0 League Cups
- 0 Champions League
What a legacy, the next manager has big shoes to fill
— Austin (@AustinDarbo) November 19, 2019
— Mike Ashley (@MoneyMikeAshley) November 19, 2019
Difficult to understand Mauricio Pochettino sacking! Always had hands tied, yet took Spurs on an incredible rollercoaster all the way to UCL Final. Recent results don’t lie, but players need to own up too. Felt Poch needed a new challenge, but at season end. Timing is mad! #THFC
— Reshmin Chowdhury (@ReshminTV) November 19, 2019
A very rare example of a manager genuinely being *too good for a club. Pochettino was so above Levy the chairman didn't know what to do: when and why to spend money; when to move players on; how to solve current crisis. So he just threw out a genius he never deserved.
— Alex Keble (@alexkeble) November 19, 2019
I get the fact Pochettino hasn’t won a trophy but nobody can tell me he hasn’t taken Tottenham Hotspur forward massively during his time! Net spend £109M over 5 years! I’d take that failure right now
— Alan Myers (@ALANMYERSMEDIA) November 19, 2019
— Barry Gill (@Barrypal) November 19, 2019
— TREQUARTISTA (@A55KIKR) November 19, 2019
— TheKop.com (@TheKop_com) November 19, 2019
Were Tottenham right to sack Mauricio Pochettino?
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) November 19, 2019
— CFC-Blues (@CFCBlues_com) November 19, 2019
Pochettino was the best thing to happen to Tottenham since the 1991 FA Cup final. Given he wanted the #mufc job and would’ve quit if they’d won the Champions League, this was always a matter of time. His Spurs side ultimately peaked in 2017.
— Samuel Luckhurst (@samuelluckhurst) November 19, 2019
4 - Tottenham Hotspur finished in the top four in four of their five previous completed seasons under Mauricio Pochettino, this after having finished in the top four in just two of their 22 Premier League campaigns before his arrival. Improved. pic.twitter.com/Ie8mo6MhNO
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 19, 2019
— TOPSPURS.com (@TOPSPURS) November 19, 2019
I’m genuinely happy for Pochettino. He’s gonna go win a boatload of trophies somewhere. You are now free from our shackles my sweet prince. Go forth and prosper. Come back and visit us here in trophyless purgatory someday. Miss you always.
— SaMOUel Army (@BarstoolSam) November 19, 2019
Whether one agrees with the club's decision or not, there can be no denying what Poch has achieved for this club. Sure, he didn't get his hands on any trophies but given that he had less than a shoestring budget to operate within the transfer market, incredible competition from other teams and managers, a host of inexperienced but talented players to develop and groom from scratch, he should be heralded as nothing less than a hero.
Despite his empty trophy cabinet, make no mistake, this man is hot property now and there can be no doubt that success will follow him wherever he chooses to call home next.