‘I would love to return’: Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino reiterates his desire to move back to Spain just hours before he is sacked by Spurs
Mauricio Pochettino once again stated his desire to leave Tottenham and return to Spain… just hours before he was given the boot by Spurs.
The Argentine was in charge of Espanyol, before making the move to the Premier League in 2013, originally with Southampton.
The 47-year-old has forged a reputation as one of the best managers on the continent at Tottenham, guiding them to the Champions League final last season, where they were beaten by Liverpool in Madrid.
Mauricio Pochettino has once again stated his desire to one day return to manage in Spain
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Spurs visit West Ham on Saturday but there was already a backdrop of uncertainty over the Argentine’s future, with sources claiming private discussions over an exit strategy had taken place. These were confirmed on Tuesday evening when he was sacked.
Tottenham sit 14th in the Premier League – 20 points adrift of leaders Liverpool – although they remain on course to qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League.
The headline for Sportsmail’s exclusive story on Pochettino’s future on Monday.
The club’s form this campaign has raised question marks over Pochettino’s desire to still be at the north London club before the decision was made on Tuesday to terminate his contract.
He had previously stated his desire to move back to Spain, having been linked with the top role at Real Madrid, and he has reiterated that desire.
Asked by Spanish paper Diario La Grada if he will return to the country to coach, Pochettino told them: ‘Yes, look, although you never know.
‘We are Latin, I like this city, La Liga and I love this club.
‘I am enjoying England very much but I don’t know when or where, but I would love to return to Spain.’
As revealed by Sportsmail on Monday night, one insider at Tottenham believed it was ‘impossible’ for Pochettino to see out the remainder of the season at the club.
Pochettino had more than three years to run on his current deal, which is reportedly worth £8.5m.
The ex-Espanyol head coach is now a free agent after ending his time with Spurs on Tuesday