Tottenham Hotspur dismissed manager Mauricio Pochettino on late Tuesday following a miserable start to the season with Jose Mourinho hotly tipped to replace the Argentine.
It has been reported that Spurs and Mourinho, who was dismissed by Manchester United 11 months ago, were having a meeting on Tuesday night believing a deal was closed.
The former Portuguese Chelsea boss could be announced as the new manager as early as Wednesday, the reports said.
It will be revealed at a press conference on Thursday and take charge of the homecoming game against West Ham on Saturday, they included.
Tottenham is growing weak as they are 14th in England’s Premier League after winning 3 of their 12 games, and got eliminated from the League Cup in September by fourth-tier Colchester United.
“The club can today announce that Mauricio Pochettino and his coaching staff Jesus Perez, Miguel D’Agostino and Antoni Jimenez have been relieved of their duties,” Tottenham stated in a statement.
Since the arrival of Pochettino, who’s 47-years-old, from Southampton in 2014 Spurs’ fortune was transformed despite failing to win a trophy.
While he was still in charge for his five seasons, Tottenham qualified for the Champions League four times, reached a climax run to the club’s first-ever European Cup final in June, which they lost 2-0 to Liverpool in Madrid.
Meanwhile, domestic results had been on the decline since February, with Spurs holding on to a top-four finish last season despite winning just 3 of their final 12 league games.
Pochettino leaves the club with 11 points outside the Premier League top four, 20 behind leaders Liverpool and just six points above the relegation zone.
Spurs suffered an embarrassing 7-2 hit at home by Bayern Munich in the Champions League in September, but they are in a strong position to reach the last 16 behind the German giants in Group B.
“We were extremely reluctant to make this change and it is not a decision the board has taken lightly, nor in haste,” said Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy.
“Regrettably domestic results at the end of last season and beginning of this season have been extremely disappointing.”
“It falls to the board to make the difficult decisions — this one made more so given the many memorable moments we have had with Mauricio and his coaching staff — but we do so in the club’s best interests.”
The transformation done by Pochettino was more extraordinary given the tight budget he was afforded by Levy for transfers and wages in comparison to Tottenham’s Premier League rivals, bearing in mind that the club built a new stadium at a cost of over £1 billion ($1.3 billion).
However, more of Pochettino’s success came from nurturing a squad of young players into remarkable names such as Harry Kane, Dele Alli, and Christian Eriksen.