Mauricio Pochettino: Tottenham approach sacked manager over possible paycut

Mauricio Pochettino: Tottenham approach sacked manager over possible paycut

- Mauricio Pochettino was sacked in November 2019 and replaced by Jose Mourinho

- The Argentine however still remains in Spurs’ pay roll as part of the severity package

- The club is struggling to pay staff having not played in the Premier League since March 9

Former Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has been approached by his former employers about taking a possible pay cut following the coronavirus outbreak.

Pochettino was dismissed in November 2019 after a spectacular slump of form and was immediately replaced by Jose Mourinho barely a week later.

Tottenham approach sacked manager Pochettino over possible paycut
Mauricio Pochettino was sacked in November 2019 after a string of dismal performances. Photo: Getty Images.
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As is the norm with many managerial contracts, Pochettino is still under Spurs payroll four months after his dismissal as part of the severance package.

Spurs are currently in discussions with staff and players on possible paycut and the the 48-year old also fits the criteria.

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Essentially, there are two options in terms of players and coach wages; the club could opt to make a deferral or a reduction altogether.

With the Premier League out of action since March 9, however, clubs are looking to save on resources and pay cuts look like the most viable option.

The new development comes barely a week after non-playing staff were placed back on payroll after they were initially placed on the infamous furlough scheme.

"In these uncertain times, we have to ensure we are in a position to meet our financial obligations and protect the club's ability to be able to operate when football returns," Spurs chair Daniel Levy said in a statement to justify the reversal of the decision.

Pochettino remains out of work to date, but a number of clubs including Manchester United and Bayern Munich previously expressed interest in his services.

Earlier, reported that Jose Mourinho had reached an agreement with Anfield giants Liverpool before changing his mind to become Chelsea manager, his former advisor Jorge Baidek claims.

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Mourinho was just 15 days away from taking over from legendary manager Gerard Houllier during the 2003-04 campaign at Anfield.

The Portuguese manager was also on course to guiding FC Porto to a Champions League win and was favourite to become manager at the Merseyside club.

But Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich persuaded Mourinho with his future plans at Stamford Bridge and the Special One led them to their first Premier League titled afterwards.

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