Gary Lineker has criticised Tottenham for sacking boss Mauricio Pochettino after five successful seasons.
The Argentinian and his backroom staff were relieved of their duties on Tuesday evening, with chairman Daniel Levy labelling recent domestic results as “extremely disappointing”.
Pochettino leaves Spurs just six months after taking the club to the Champions League final, which they lost 2-0 to Liverpool in Madrid.
Pochettino joined from Southampton in 2014 and delivered four top-four finishes across his five full seasons in charge.
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But he loses his job with Tottenham 14th in the Premier League and having won only three of their opening league games – with Jose Mourinho now confirmed as his successor.
Reacting immediately after the news broke of Pochettino’s dismissal, Lineker wrote on Twitter: “Mauricio Pochettino has been sacked by Spurs. He helped the club to punch massively above their weight for years.
“Good luck with finding a better replacement….ain’t gonna happen.”
Spurs defender Ben Davies paid tribute to his former boss after playing in Wales’ 2-0 win over Hungary, he said: “I didn’t know [about the sacking] until after the game.
“I was very shocked. But I’d like to put on record, it’s been amazing to work with him for the last five years and I’m sure he will go on to bigger and better things.”