Jose Mourinho was sacked from Manchester United today, in a move that has sent ripples across the football world.
While one can’t say that they didn’t see this coming, particularly after the pathetic defeat to Liverpool on Sunday, the swiftness of the action will surprise many.
The club has announced that they will hire a caretaker manager till the end of the season by when a full-time replacement will be appointed.
One of the names that have been linked with the gig is that of Mauricio Pochettino. He is also a clear favorite amongst the pundits of the great game and following the sacking of Mourinho, the Tottenham boss has opened up about the possibility of joining United.
Speaking ahead of his side’s Carabao Cup North London derby on Wednesday, Pochettino said the following about Mourinho being sacked: “I want to send my best wishes to him. I feel so sorry because I know him very well, I have a very good relationship with him. He is a very good friend. It is sad news what happened today.”
With regard to the news linking him to the top post at Old Trafford, he states: “I think after nearly five years there are a lot of rumours that have happened in my position here, as manager of Tottenham.
“I cannot answer this type of question. These type of rumours happen in this business, in football. I always respect the opinion of everyone, whether people praise me, whether people do not agree with me, whether people say different things. The business we know very well.”
The words that followed made it clear where his present focus dwells on: “A lot of rumours happen but it is not my business what happened at another club. I am so focused in trying to deliver my best job at this football club.
“We have ahead of us a very busy run of fixtures, tomorrow we play another derby. It is so important for us – the quarter-final of the cup and I think everyone understand I am focused on tomorrow and doing my best job.”