Mauricio Pochettino’s sacking puts Jurgen Klopp into top five

19 November 2019

Mauricio Pochettino’s sacking at Tottenham on Tuesday night has seen Jurgen Klopp enter the top five longest-serving managers in England.


Pochettino took over at Spurs in May 2014, 18 months prior to Klopp’s Anfield, but was dismissed by the London side after a poor start to the season and with reports of dressing room unrest.

A Tottenham statement said: “We were extremely reluctant to make this change.

“It is not a decision the board has taken lightly, nor in haste. Regrettably domestic results at the end of last season and beginning of this season have been extremely disappointing.

“It falls on 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.”

This arrives five months after Klopp and Pochettino met in the Champions League final in Madrid.

Meanwhile, Klopp enters the top-five longest-serving managers in England, behind only Gareth Ainsworth (Wycombe), Eddie Howe (Bournemouth), Sean Dyche (Burnley) and John Coleman (Accrington Stanley).

One of those, Howe, is among the names being linked with taking over at White Hart Lane; along with the likes of Jose Mourinho, Carlo Ancelotti and Julian Nagelsmann.

Stability at Anfield is now assumed, after a decade of unrest under previous ownership and four managers in five years in the Reds’ dugout.

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