If you’re a Spurs fan that’s anywhere near social media you’ve probably seen this already, but I feel as though it’s important to document it on this blog. When Mauricio Pochettino was fired from his position as manager of Tottenham Hotspur, it took place at the end of the day on Tuesday. Most of Poch’s squad were still away from the club on international duty during the break and weren’t around, so Poch wasn’t able to say farewell to the players, some of whom he’s managed for the entirety of his tenure at the club.
Pochettino isn’t on social media, but Jesus Perez is, and Poch’s deputy was there to document (and later post) Mauricio penning a handwritten note to his absent squad on a white board in Spurs’ training center.
It’s getting a little misty in here, excuse me.
I’m still sad. There’s a lot we still don’t know about what went on behind the scenes that led to Daniel Levy firing Pochettino five months after he took them to the Champions League final. It’s likely some of that story will come out in due course. But for now all we have is this photo of a newly-unemployed Pochettino, still wearing his purple Spurs training gear, scribbling on a whiteboard football pitch and explaining to his absent team why “We can’t to say goodbye.”
Well, we can say goodbye. Farewell, Mauricio. You gave us better memories than any of us expected, or even could’ve dreamed of. We wish you the best and hope you land on your feet in a place that makes you happy and successful. (Just please dont’ let it be United.)