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Mauricio Pochettino admits he "expected more support" ahead of Tottenham sacking

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Mauricio Pochettino "expected more support" as things began to fall apart at Tottenham having previously turned down Real Madrid.

The Argentine was given his marching orders in north London back in November just six months after he guided Tottenham to a first ever Champions League Final.

Pochettino enjoyed huge success during almost six years at the helm which attracted the interest of Los Blancos.

The Spanish giants came knocking in 2018 following the resignation of Zinedine Zidane.

But the 47-year-old was keen to honour his contract and while he admits mistakes were made in north London, he had hoped for more backing from the Tottenham hierarchy.

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"I was happy at Tottenham and I signed a contract," he toldĀ  El PaisĀ  when asked if he regretted his decision not to head to the Bernabeu.

"And we [his staff and Spurs] finished very well, the relationship is impeccable. I always say, without false humility, that we too made mistakes that led to what happened, although we did expect a little more support or reassurance to reverse the situation.

"But the club line was going another way and there was wear; respite was needed from both sides.

"We work in a result-led environment where it seems that all the things that have a good result are the ones that continue. But, how do you measure what works or not?

Tottenham's endured some horrid form in 2020 (Image: PA)

"Only the one who wins or the one who exceeds expectations? After the Champions League final, four years in the top four, two years without signings ... a different management strategy was needed.

"Sometimes the vision of a coaching staff is not accepted by the club management. We knew what could happen.

"You need to fall, be down to then go up, but Tottenham made the decision to separate us after five and a half years. I understand that it is a long time."

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