Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy opens up on ‘heartache’ of Mauricio Pochettino sacking

Upcoming All Or Nothing documentary series sheds more light on chairman’s character than fans are used to seeing

Jonathan Veal
Wednesday 26 August 2020 10:53
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Joe Hart takes part in Tottenham training

In a key scene from the upcoming Amazon Prime documentary series All Or Nothing, Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy opens up on the emotional decision to sack former club coach Mauricio Pochettino.

The documentary begins with Spurs’ poor start to the 2019/20 campaign, leading to Pochettino’s sacking in November, though the majority of it was glossed over.

Chairman Daniel Levy, who had a close relationship with the Argentinian, did however open up on the decision to replace his manager.

“A lot of heartache is the honest answer,” he said when asked how he felt. “It’s never easy when you have to ask someone to leave the club. When you’ve been working with someone for five-and-a-half years, it’s difficult.

“My heart was telling me ‘Don’t do it’ and my brain was telling me ‘You need to do it.’

“It’s the most emotional decision I’ve ever had to make. It was more than just an employer-employee relationship. We went away together, we had a lot of fond times outside the club. I’m sure after a little while we’ll continue doing that.

“At the moment things are a little raw, which is understandable. Mixed emotions. It’s not a nice experience for either of us.

“Everyone is going to have different opinions. That fact is that the results weren’t where they needed to be.

“We have to do what we feel is right for the club and only time will tell if it’s the right decision.”

Former Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino (left) with club chairman Daniel Levy (Getty Images)

The cameras were following the club for the entire season and were there to witness some dramatic moments.

Jose Mourinho, who replaced Pochettino, did not let the filming affect his management style, though, as he was happy to give candid team talks, which make for fascinating viewing.

In one of his early speeches to his team he accused them of being too nice.

“Maybe I am wrong, I feel that you are honestly a very nice group of guys,” he said. “But for 90 minutes you cannot be nice, for 90 minutes you have to be a bunch of c****, but intelligent c****, not stupid c****. B******* in the sense that you are there to win matches man.

“We have to win. I wouldn’t come here if you were not as good as you were. No chance.”

PA

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