Former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has revealed his close friendship with Jose Mourinho and how he is glad to see the Portuguese replace him at Spurs.
Despite replacing him in North London, Mauricio Pochettino has maintained he still has a very close relationship with Jose Mourinho.
After a poor run of results, Tottenham ended their five-year relationship with Pochettino when he was dismissed last November.
Spurs had been knocked out of cup competitions and were as low as 14th on the league table at the time. To correct this, a man who has much Premier League experience in Jose Mourinho was appointed to replace the Argentine.
Spurs still looked shaky even after Mourinho’s appointment but the 57-year-old managed to get them to eighth place before football was suspended in March.
Pochettino and Mourinho have a close friendship from their spells in Spain. The Argentine was manager of Real Betis at the time while the Portuguese filled the demanding role of Madrid manager.
Mourinho sent his counterpart a gift during the duo’s time in Spain, beginning a friendship that continues today.
“It was a very nice bottle of French red wine for me and two Real Madrid kits,” Pochettino said in an interview with The Guardian. “Jose says: ‘OK, these are for your kids to wear from now on.’
“We have kept a good relationship since then and I am so happy he is at Tottenham, replacing me. I am happy as well to have left the club in the condition that we left it and for sure he is very grateful for the way that we helped to build the club, which is now his club.”
Pochettino was once linked to the Madrid boss role during his time at Spain and has admitted he dreamt of taking that job. Sadly, things turned out quite the other way.
“I always think I’d replace him. He was at Real Madrid. I say: ‘Oh, maybe one day I can take your place at Real Madrid,’ but look at how life works out. He has taken my place at Tottenham. Unbelievable, eh?”
Who knows? Pochettino might still get his wish eventually.