Tottenham: How social media reacted to Mourinho replacing Pochettino at Spurs

Jose Mourinho and Mauricio Pochettino
Jose Mourinho has taken over at Spurs after Mauricio Pochettino’s departure

After five years in charge Mauricio Pochettino’s spell as Tottenham manager has come to an abrupt halt.

The international break is always a worrying time for a manager under pressure but despite Spurs’ disappointing start to the season – they are currently 14th in the Premier League – not many saw this sacking coming.

After all, Pochettino is the the man who led Tottenham to the Champions League final last season.

As you’d expect, this sort of news is manna from heaven for the social media world. With under 12 hours between the announcement of Pochettino’s departure and the confirmation of Jose Mourinho’s appointment it was a rollercoaster on social media. Here’s a look at the good, the sad and the remarkable from an extraordinary few hours on Twitter.

First rumblings of news

Credit where credit’s due, Matt Law and John Percy of the Telegraph had been reporting that Pochettino’s days might be numbered before the news officially broke. At 22:36 GMT on 18 November Law tweeted:

Matt Law


Latest on Pochettino with @JPercyTelegraph
* Levy and Poch hold talks over his future.
* Players braced for a change.
* It would cost Levy £12.5m to sack him. 

Telegraph Football


Mauricio Pochettino holds crisis talks with Daniel Levy as Tottenham’s players brace for managerial change @Matt_Law_DT @JPercyTelegraph

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Not that some fans were having it, mind.

Am sure you guys witnessed the meeting and had access to the agenda and the minutes of the meeting. Good work.
Not often you're right..but you're wrong again

You have to say; both journalists deserve even more credit for not going the full Alan Partridge with a series of “needless to say, I had the last laugh” messages after being proved right.

Official confirmation

But then, it was true! At around 19:30 on Tuesday, Spurs announced the news: Poch out!

Tottenham Hotspur


Club statement

Mauricio leaves Club

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The immediate reaction

Shock. Anger. Disbelief. And gifs. So many gifs.

Gary Lineker


Mauricio Pochettino has been sacked by @SpursOfficial. He helped the club to punch massively above their weight for years. Good luck with finding a better replacement….ain’t gonna happen.

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Plenty of people were pretty upset.

You’ve embarrassed me plenty of times over the years but this is right up there.
What have you done Levy 😡😡😡 the man who has brought us the best football we have played in decades. Poch was never the problem and this will come back to haunt us I’m sure. Thank you for everything Poch and all your staff 😢
Well done Levy. Back to mediocrity. Pochettino took a team on a limited budget to regular top 4 and a Champions League final. Hope he gets a club who back him and allow him to complete what he starts. Thanks for the good times.
It does make me laugh. Mauricio Pochettino takes Spurs to 3/4 of their best seasons ever and he gets sacked...Where is the accountability of the chairman Daniel Leavy. football is so weird..

Chris Sutton


Ridiculous decision to sack Poch…

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Fans of other clubs, not so much.

CFC Daily replying to Tottenham's tweet with a gif of Mourinho laughing
There is no need to be upset. Jose's coming

And of course, several thousand people made the inevitable joke:

A tweet by Marc Summer of Tottenham player Son Heung-min crying

‘Good luck and hope to see you again my friend’

The player reaction was, as you’d expect, far more measured, with heartfelt messages from Dele Alli and Harry Kane as well as a message from the departing assistant manager Jesus Perez that really tugged at the fans’ heart-strings.

Harry Kane


Gaffer. I’ll be forever thankful to you for helping me achieve my dreams. We’ve had some amazing moments in the last 5 and a half years that I will never forget. You were my manager but my friend as well and I thank you for that relationship. Good luck with your next chapter! 💙

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I can’t thank this man enough. He’s taught me so much and I’m so grateful for everything he’s done for me. Good luck and hope to see you again my friend.

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Jesus Perez


. Thank you from our heart to our players , staff, and special thanks to you all , lovely Spurs Fans . 💙💙💙💙💙💔

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Jose in?

As one door closes, another one opens. And so the rumours of who would come in began circulating. Some were more, shall we say, realistic than others.

Time for Big Sam!
Tim Sherwood reporting for duty


BBC Sport


Diego Maradona quit as manager of Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata today, on the same day Mauricio Pochettino was sacked by Tottenham.


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Dan Roan


Jose Mourinho interested in replacing Mauricio Pochettino as Tottenham boss. Deal is a strong possibility 

Jose Mourinho in contention to replace Mauricio Pochettino as Spurs boss

Former Manchester United and Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is a strong contender to replace Mauricio Pochettino as Tottenham manager.

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And then in the morning, at just after 06:30, the news that was pretty much known the world over already: Spurs had sent for the Special One!

BBC Sport


Spurs have announced the appointment of Jose Mourinho as manager.

More to follow: 

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Dan Walker


If you’ve just woken up… Spurs have already got a new manager… it’s Jose Mourinho.
That’s less than 12 hours since the sacking of Pochettino

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‘New manager. New era. New beginnings.’

The man who, lest we forget, has won three Premier League titles (three: respect, respect, respect) is in the hot seat. There’s a definite difference of opinion on whether this is a good or a bad thing.

Some are not too impressed:

Michael Cox


Yes Mourinho wins trophies, but look at his last four jobs (Inter, Real, Chelsea, Man Utd) and the level of success has decreased each time, while the shambles he’s left behind has increased each time. That’s not a promising pattern.

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Hugh Woozencroft@HughWoozencroft



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Can’t think of a worse appointment. I detest the man and his brand of football. A disaster in the transfer market. He will bankrupt the club. Dark, dark times at my beloved Spurs. #MourinhoOut

Others are much more positive!

Pochettino taught us to dare, over to Mourinho to teach us to do.
Whether you don't like his style of play or his character as a person, you can't deny that this is a massive statement. Jose is a WINNER.
The Premier League needed Jose Mourinho to return, and he’s back.

How’s it going to go? We’re not sure. One thing we can be sure of: it won’t be dull.

Harry Winks

England have scored 37 goals in qualifying, Kane equalling the highest tally in a calendar year with 12, going level with George Hilson in 1908 and Dixie Dean in 1927. There are no questions, other than enjoyable selection dilemmas, about Southgate’s firepower.

There are still lingering doubts elsewhere and they were not dismissed here, particularly with Kosovo dictating the terms and the tempo after half-time.

England remain vulnerable under pressure and the midfield combination of Winks and Declan Rice does not work when Southgate does not employ a number 10.

It is not right to be churlish after such a qualification but the impression remains that this England can be a mixed bag and will suffer against opposition of the highest quality.

Man of the match – Harry Winks (England)

Harry Winks
Harry Winks has now been on the winning side in each of his six appearances for England

‘I can’t fault the players’ – what they said

England manager Gareth Southgate, speaking to ITV: “It was a tight game and a good test for us. It was a difficult pitch, with players slipping and passes going astray. We needed a tighter game and a challenge. I’m happy we got that. We had to sustain spells of pressure and gave them chances – on another night that would be a problem. But attacking, we were ruthless.

“Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, in his stage of returning, he’s been a real plus with the power of his running and attacking threat. I thought Harry Winks was excellent in both games and takes the ball well when we need calming.

“The set-plays in particular are something we have to look at. There have been too many people free in the box and chances given away. We know there is still a bit of work to do but I can’t fault the players in this campaign, they’ve been ruthless.”

England captain Harry Kane, speaking to ITV: “It was a difficult game, a difficult pitch, they were up for it and we had already won the group so the mentality was not easy to go again. I thought we managed it well, we went through spells where they had pressure but we were clinical and 4-0 is a great result.

“As a striker I want to score goals and to win games. I love scoring, any striker does, hopefully I can keep that going into next summer.

“When you look through our squad everyone pretty much is playing regularly either in the Premier League or top leagues in Europe. If you’re not on it every week there are players who can take your spot.”

Winks’ golden touch

  • England have won their past three matches by an aggregate score of 17-0, scoring 17 goals across three matches for the first time since May 1964.
  • Only in 1908 (39 goals) have England scored more goals in a calendar year than the 38 they scored in 2019.
  • Harry Kane scored for a sixth successive England appearance – post-war, this is only the second time a player has scored in six consecutive games, with Kane also achieving it between October 2017 and July 2018.
  • Harry Winks has been on the winning side in each of his six appearances so far, the joint-best 100% win ratio of any player in the history of the national team (Ernest Hine between 1928 and 1931 and Billy Williams between 1897 and 1899 also won six out of six).
  • England have averaged 3.8 goals per game in 2019 (38 in 10 games), their best goals-per-game ratio in a calendar year since 1946, when they scored 19 in four games (4.8 per game).
  • Harry Kane has been involved in 15 goals in his past six international appearances for England (10 goals, five assists), scoring and assisting against Kosovo.
  • Nine of the 16 goals Kosovo have conceded during Euro 2020 qualifying have been against England.

Roy Keane: Nottingham Forest assistant boss leaves Championship club


Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane

The 47-year-old former Forest player returned to the City Ground in January following the appointment of Martin O’Neill, with whom he worked at the Republic of Ireland.

The ex-Manchester United midfielder described the experience of working with O’Neill as “one of my greatest in football, both as a player and coach”.

Forest finished ninth in the table in 2018-19.

Keane had spells as manager of Sunderland and Ipswich Town before being part of the Republic of Ireland set-up when they reached the last 16 of the 2016 European Championship.

As a player, he appeared in FA Cup and League Cup finals for Forest after joining from Irish club Cobh Ramblers in 1990.

He later won seven Premier League titles, four FA Cups and a Champions League during more than a decade at Old Trafford.

Nottingham Forest begin their Championship campaign at home to Slaven Bilic’s West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, 3 August.

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November 2019