Mauricio Pochettino left his base in Japan on Sunday night, just after Antonio Conte was fired as Manager of Tottenham.
Tottenham announced that they have parted ways mutually with Conte around 10:30 on Sunday, 26th March, following his rant on Tottenham’s 3-3 draw at Southampton.
Conte unleashed a furious verbal attack on his players questioning their ability to cope under pressure, while even appearing to take jab at chairman Daniel Levy.
Futballnews recently revealed that Levy was ready to fire Conte in the wake of his rant, and five days later his exit was finally confirmed.
Hours after Conte left the London club, Pochettino revealed he was about to fly ‘back home’ from Japan after spending time on holiday with his family.
The Argentine manager, was let go in 2019 after spending 5 years at Spurs. He shared an image on his Instagram page that showed him and wife Karina on the plane.
Their final destination is still unknown for now. Spurs fans however are somewhat certain that Pochettino will return for a second spell as his family own houses in Barcelona and London.
When he was at Tottenham, the Argentine led Tottenham to multiple top-four finishes and their first-ever Champions League final.
That did not stop the owners of Tottenham to fire the former Espanyol and Southampton manager as he was seated at 14th place in the Premier League in his third season.
After three years of the sack which prompted intense debate at the time with some people saying that the club’s chairman, Levy had acted prematurely, his fans still hope for a comeback.
Pochettino and former Bayern manager Julian Nagelsmann are among the front-runners to succeed Conte permanently in the summer.
Tottenham for now will be under interim manager Cristian Stellini until the end of the current campaign, the club side confirmed on Sunday night.
Mauricio Roberto Pochettino Trossero is an Argentine professional football manager and former player. He was born on 2nd March 1972.
The Former Tottenham and PSG manager started naturally as a defender and started professionally in 1989 with Newell’s Old Boys.
With the Primera División club Newell’s Old Boys, he won a league title and finished as runner-up in the 1992 Copa Libertadores.
In the year 1994, he signed for newly promoted La Liga club Espanyol, helping establish their top-flight status and won the 2000 Copa del Rey which was their first trophy in 60 years.
Pochettino in 2001 joined Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain, and had a stint with Bordeaux, before returning to Espanyol in 2004, winning another Copa del Rey in 2006.
Pochettino was capped 20 times for the Argentina national team and also was part of the 1999 Copa América and 2002 FIFA World Cup squad.
The Argentine began his managerial career at Espanyol in 2009 which he later left in 2012 after a run of poor results and financial disputes.
Pochettino was appointed the manager of Premier League side Southampton in 2013, where he led them to an 8th place finish which was their best ever finish.
From Southampton, he moved to Tottenham Hotspur in 2014 and finished as EPL runner-up in the 2016–17 season and also reached the UEFA Champions League final in 2019.
He was dismissed from Spurs after a run of poor results, and then in 2021, he moved to France, joining Paris Saint-Germain, where he won Ligue 1 and the Coupe de France.