Sportsmail revealed on Tuesday how Pochettino was on the brink of leaving Spurs following the club’s poor start to the season that has left them in 14th place — 11 points adrift of Manchester City in fourth.
Tottenham confirmed Pochettino’s shock departure at 7.30pm, bringing the curtain down on his five-and-a-half-year reign. Mourinho, 56, is already in discussions with Spurs to replace him and a deal could be done within 24 hours.
Jose Mourinho is locked in talks with Tottenham over becoming their next manager
Mauricio Pochettino was sacked by Tottenham following a nightmare start to the campaign
POCHETTINO’S EXIT: HOW SPORTSMAIL BROKE THE STORY
On Monday night, Sportsmail duo Sami Mokbel and Adrian Kajumba exclusively revealed that the end was near for Mauricio Pochettino .
Spurs visit West Ham on Saturday but there was already a backdrop of uncertainty over the Argentine’s future, with sources claiming private discussions over an exit strategy had taken place. These were confirmed on Tuesday evening when he was sacked.
Tottenham sit 14th in the Premier League – 20 points adrift of leaders Liverpool – although they remain on course to qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League.
The headline for Sportsmail’s exclusive story on Pochettino’s future on Monday.
Three times a title winner in two spells with Chelsea, the Portuguese would relish a return to the Premier League. As Sportsmail reported on Tuesday, talks regarding Pochettino’s exit took place last week, but those discussions came to an impasse over the financial terms.
The South American, 47, is understood to be entitled to a £12.5million pay-off but it is thought an agreement was reached on Monday.
‘The club can today announce that Mauricio Pochettino and his coaching staff Jesus Perez, Miguel D’Agostino and Antoni Jimenez have been relieved of their duties,’ a statement read.
Chairman Daniel Levy said: ‘We were extremely reluctant to make this change and it is not a decision the board has taken lightly, nor in haste. Regrettably domestic results at the end of last season and the beginning of this have been extremely disappointing.
‘It falls to 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.
‘Mauricio and his coaching staff will always be part of our history. I have the utmost admiration for the manner in which he dealt with the difficult times away from a home ground whilst we built the new stadium and for the warmth and positivity he brought to us. I should like to thank him and his coaching staff for all they have contributed. They will always be welcome here.
‘We have a talented squad. We need to re-energise and look to deliver a positive season.’
If no deal is struck with Mourinho, Under-23s coach Ryan Mason could be in charge for Saturday’s trip to West Ham.
The Argentine manager, who joined the club in 2014, had lost the Tottenham dressing room
The relationship between Daniel Levy and Pochettino had deteriorated so significantly
The news of Pochettino’s sacking came as a shock to the players, who were left completely in the dark regarding their manager’s impending fate until it was confirmed.
Players were aware that a change maybe on the horizon and were privately discussing the prospect of Pochettino leaving.
Nonetheless, the squad were left flabbergasted as Spurs released their statement.
But Sportsmail can reveal what was perceived as a growing disconnect between the players and Pochettino was one of the key reasons behind the club’s decision.
One source said: ‘Mauricio had lost the dressing room. It’s like they have just grown apart.’
Likewise, the relationship between Levy and Pochettino had deteriorated so significantly over the past few months that the club had no choice but to sack the latter.
Pochettino was disappointed with transfer activity, not least the failed attempts to sell Eric Dier and Danny Rose, and his relationship with Levy has not recovered. Tottenham Supporters’ Trust said they were ‘shocked and saddened’ by the decision.
Pochettino’s assistant, Jesus Perez (right), thanked the club after he was relieved of his duties