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Jose Mourinho's arrival has been over a month in the planning - how Tottenham manager shock unfolded

11:53, 20 November 2019

REVEALED: Brendan Rodgers was Tottenham's first choice before turning to Jose Mourinho... and Daniel Levy was plotting Mauricio Pochettino's exit for A MONTH before it all ended in a blazing row

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Published: 10:35, 20 November 2019 | 

have sensationally with to end months of uncertainty about their managerial position.

Doubts about Pochettino's future have lingered all season amid tensions between the Argentinian and chairman Daniel Levy, and also the manager and some of his players.

As reported by Sportsmail in October, Spurs' players had feared Pochettino was looking for a way out and cut an unusually distant figure at the training ground this season.

 

Meanwhile, he had openly aired his frustrations over the club's transfer dealings since the summer, with clear-the-air talks with Levy in August required to ease the tensions.

They made little difference. Following , which came off the back of their humiliating at the start of October, the picture changed.

Sources have told Sportsmail that it was 'clear that things were at an end' by that point, that Levy's relationship with Pochettino had broken down beyond repair and that it was only about how they parted ways, with the manager's compensation the major stumbling block.

Spurs and Pochettino limped on for another month but only won twice against Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League.

The 1-1 home draw against Sheffield United before the international break was the final straw and convinced Levy that he had to make a change to salvage Tottenham's Premier League campaign, with the north Londoners' languishing in 14th.

Levy enquired about Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers but was told prising him away from the King Power Stadium would be impossible, so he turned instead to Mourinho.

As revealed by Sportsmail early in October, the Spurs job was one that Mourinho was holding out for as he plotted his return to football after being sacked by Manchester United in December. 

Mourinho's eagerness ensured landing him would be much more straightforward than trying to get Rodgers.

Spurs also decided Julian Nagelsmann, RB Leipzig's impressive, rising young manager would be too hard to land now, having only moved clubs in the summer.

Discreet talks with Mourinho that had been going on since last month ended successfully with a deal being agreed in principle at the start of last week.

 

At the same time Spurs chiefs were also trying to finalise Pochettino's exit. The two parties failed to do so last week, with Pochettino wanting his full pay-out and Levy refusing.

But, as revealed by Sportsmail, word that it was now only a matter of time before they went their separate ways had already got out.

Pochettino was still set to go into Saturday's clash with West Ham under greater pressure than the also under-fire Manuel Pellegrini, despite being right on the brink. 

Tottenham enquired about Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers but were rebuffed

Tottenham enquired about Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers but were rebuffed

SPURS FIXTURES 

Premier League unless stated 

November  23 West Ham (A)

November 26 Olympiacos (H) - Champions League

November 30 Bournemouth (H)

December 4 Manchester United (A)

December 7 Burnley (H)

December 11 Bayern Munich (A) - Champions League

December 15 Wolves (A)

December 22 Chelsea (H) 

Pochettino and Levy reconvened for more talks over his settlement on Monday.

This time his termination package and sacking was all sorted out.

But sources have claimed that tensions boiled over between the pair during their final discussions at the training ground.

Pochettino's exit was not officially confirmed for almost 24 hours, at 7.30pm on Tuesday, much to the shock of the players he was leaving behind.

They had no idea he was about to pay the ultimate price for Spurs's struggles this season.

Jose Mourinho has been appointed as the new manager of Tottenham

Pochettino's contract was officially terminated on Tuesday morning and he wasted no time clearing his office.

Less than 12 hours after the announcement that left fans stunned, Mourinho, who had been on standby for some time and whose arrival was also unexpected by Spurs's players, was already at the club's state-of-the-art Enfield training ground ready to start work.

The players were originally due to train on Wednesday morning but that session was put back until the afternoon when they will work under their new manager for the first time.

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Interesting that the Spurs comments below the tweet seem to be dismissing this as completely made up. Not sure whether it's a defense mechanism from them because we're the real deal, or whether they refuse to believe their new manager was second choice.

 

Either way, they've all saddled up onto the Mourinho train now. Any past indiscretions/reputation forgotten, style of play and attitude to star players out of the window now. He'll be untouchable for them until he leaves. It's the football fan way. Do not speak against the great JM when he becomes manager of your club. Some Spurs fan Twitter account cleansing going on, I'll assume. 

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I’ll celebrate if he turns down a real offer from a proper club to stay here. It isn’t even a step up to move there from here so I’m not too surprised he didn’t want to go. 

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Ha ha hope this is true

 

Levy "I would like to talk to your manager about coming to work for me"

Top "go do one you arrogant twat"

Levy "Brendan, your boss is trying to block you from coming to a big club"

Rodgers "what my chairman said with knobs on. I am at a big club"

 

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Personally think Levy lost faith in Poch a long time ago, but the stadium saga and the Champions' League run stayed his hand.

But his refusal to fund transfers and meanness with contracts etc totally undermined Poch until last night's sacking became inevitable.

Seems crazy (and very 'Spursy') nevertheless that they've got rid of one of the best young managers in Europe like this. 

If they'd backed him I think Tottenham would be up there with the likes of...er...Leicester City!

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Klopp and Pep would be completely ridiculous names to throw in this article so, naturally, Brendan’s was included. 
 

They’ve been negotiating with Mourinho for weeks; do we really believe Spurs made an honest attempt to land Rodgers in October?

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2 minutes ago, The_77 said:

Klopp and Pep would be completely ridiculous names to throw in this article so, naturally, Brendan’s was included. 
 

They’ve been negotiating with Mourinho for weeks; do we really believe Spurs made an honest attempt to land Rodgers in October?

No, but I like the sound of it. No way. And its the Mail.

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25 minutes ago, SecretPro said:

Still cant believe people didn't get the memo: Tottenham are shit. They even play their football in a giant toilet.

Yesterday was World Toilet Day. Coincidence? I think not.

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7 minutes ago, The_77 said:

Klopp and Pep would be completely ridiculous names to throw in this article so, naturally, Brendan’s was included. 
 

They’ve been negotiating with Mourinho for weeks; do we really believe Spurs made an honest attempt to land Rodgers in October?

Probably not. But Leicester City generates clicks now because we're doing so well. So we'll get articles praising us for our style, management and players. They'll be added incentive to include us into other narratives because we're now interesting again. 

So far today apart from Brendan, I've seen Man Utd wanting Maddison again and now Soyuncu.

It means we are far more interesting to their fans than they are themselves. 

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9 minutes ago, The_77 said:

Klopp and Pep would be completely ridiculous names to throw in this article so, naturally, Brendan’s was included. 
 

They’ve been negotiating with Mourinho for weeks; do we really believe Spurs made an honest attempt to land Rodgers in October?

As long as it upsets the patrons of the fighting cock who cares.

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35 minutes ago, LC/FC said:

Probably not. But Leicester City generates clicks now because we're doing so well. So we'll get articles praising us for our style, management and players. They'll be added incentive to include us into other narratives because we're now interesting again. 

So far today apart from Brendan, I've seen Man Utd wanting Maddison again and now Soyuncu.

It means we are far more interesting to their fans than they are themselves. 

 

32 minutes ago, Markyblue said:

As long as it upsets the patrons of the fighting cock who cares.

Excellent points, haha. Gotta love what’s happening in North London and Old Trafford!

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