‘Spurs could have sacked Pochettino after first season’ – Freund welcomes show of support

Tottenham could have “easily” sacked Mauricio Pochettino after his first season at the club, says Steffen Freund, but faith is now being rewarded with challenges for major honours.

A highly-rated Argentine tactician took the reins in north London back in 2014.

Having impressed in English football at Southampton, Pochettino was appointed as successor to Andre Villas-Boas.

Former Spurs midfielder Freund, who returned to White Hart Lane as a coach under Villas-Boas, told the Daily Mail of that call: “He could have sacked him easily but Daniel Levy realised he had to stay with Mauricio.

“It was the right decision, and something positive comes back to Andre, Tim [Sherwood] and me. The club at the time was really noisy, really nervous; really angry if we didn’t beat teams at home.

“Maybe Daniel realised it would never change if he didn’t stay with the coach.”

The decision to stick with Pochettino has been vindicated by top-four finishes, title challenges and a surge into contention for domestic and European silverware.

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