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Mauricio Pochettino reveals final conversation with Tottenham chief Daniel Levy

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Former Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says he has no regrets about his time at the club and insisted he will always remain friends with chairman Daniel Levy.

Pochettino was sacked by Spurs in November after five-and-a-half years in charge, six months after guiding the club to the Champions League Final.

The Argentine's relationship with Levy appeared to fracture towards the end of his tenure, with Pochettino admitting they clashed over transfer policy and at one point telling the club to change his job title because he had no say in recruitment.

Speaking this week, Pochettino admitted to "a lot of friction" at Spurs but revealed he had thanked Levy in a conversation to coincide with the end of his gardening leave on May 19.

"In the last few days, I was talking with Daniel," Pochettino said. "I wanted to translate my gratitude and that of my coaching staff and all our families because he was the person that trusted us, who gave us the structure to work.

Mauricio Pochettino's managerial career 1/19 Mauricio Pochettino is without a job after being sacked by Tottenham after five-and-a-half years in charge.
Here is a look back at his managerial career... AFP via Getty Images 2/19 January 2009 Pochettino is appointed manager of Espanyol, with his only managerial experience being as assistant to the ladies team boss. AFP/Getty Images 3/19 February 2009 Pochettino guides his Espanyol side to a first league win at league rivals Barcelona in 27 years. Getty Images 4/19 November 2012 With Espanyol bottom of the league - though still receiving high praise from the media - Pochettino agrees to a mutual termination of his contract. AFP/Getty Images 5/19 January 2013 Pochettino makes the move to the Premier League as he replaces Nigel Adkins as manager of Southampton Getty Images 6/19 February 2013 Pochettino picks up his first win as Southampton boss, a 3-1 victory over then champions Manchester City. The first of many upsets during his time at the club. Getty Images 7/19 May 2014 Pochettino guides Southampton to an impressive 8th in his only full term at the club. Getty Images 8/19 August 2014 Having left Southampton for Tottenham Pochettino takes charge of his first Spurs game, a 1-0 win over West Ham. AFP/Getty Images 9/19 November 2014 A Harry Kane free-kick hands Pochettino a vital win over Aston Villa - a goal the Argentine would later admit saved his job. Getty Images 10/19 February 2015 A brace from Harry Kane gives Pochettino his first north London derby win. Getty Images 11/19 March 2015 Pochettino leads Tottenham to the League Cup Final, where they lose 2-0 to Mourinho's Chelsea. Getty Images 12/19 May 2016 The 'Battle of the Bridge' brings an end to Tottenham's first title challenge under Pochettino. Getty Images 13/19 September 2016 Pochettino oversees his first Champions League game as Tottenham manager, a 2-1 loss to Monaco. AFP/Getty Images 14/19 January 2017 Dele Alli scores twice as Tottenham beat eventual Premier League champions Chelsea 2-0 in the final season at White Hart Lane, with Spurs finishing runners-up. Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images 15/19 September 2017 Pochettino oversees a dramatic 3-1 Champions League win over Borussia Dortmund as Tottenham start their group with a win. Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images 16/19 November 2017 After a 1-1 draw at Santiago Bernabeu, Tottenham beat Champions League holders Real Madrid at Wembley as Pochettino reached the knockout stages for the first time. Getty Images 17/19 June 2019 Pochettino leads Spurs to the Champions League final - but Liverpool win 2-0 in Madrid Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty I 18/19 October 2019 Tottenham are thrashed 7-2 at home by Bayern Munich to raise question marks over Pochettino Getty Images 19/19 November 2019 Mauricio Pochettino is sacked by Tottenham following a 1-1 draw with Sheffield Utd PA/Gareth Fuller

"[Our conversation] was to say thank you for trusting in us. I was a very young coach, with my experience in Spain and my one-and-a-half years in Southampton.

"The football vision at Tottenham was completely different then to what it is now. That’s why it was amazing for us as a coaching staff to go very quickly [to a higher level].

"To be involved and help the club to be the club that it is today is fantastic. Today, Tottenham is one of the best clubs in the world. We feel very proud of that.

"Of course, we could not finish the way we wanted. After a five-year project, working very hard, and spending less money than other opponents, being focused in building the best stadium in the world, was a very difficult task.

"We worked very hard to try to finish that dream – which was to build the stadium. But, at the same time, in all of these type of projects, there is a lot of work and disappointments, things that are not always easy to translate in the time and to keep the same freshness and the same relationships because it’s normal that there’s a lot of friction in a project like this.

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"You cannot regret decisions," Pochettino added. "We feel very proud with all we achieved.

"Of course, people sometimes measure the success in a different way... When we arrived and myself and [assistant] Jesus [Perez] met Daniel and Joe Lewis for the first time in his boat in Nice, I think they were very clear about what success would be over a five-year period."

Spurs form never recovered following the defeat to Liverpool in the Champions League Final in June but Pochettino insisted he did not wish he had followed through with his threat to quit the club after the match.

"No – because my commitment with the club, with Daniel and of course with the players, the fans was massive," he said. "I said to Daniel that we finished in the way that no-one wanted but the end, because of our commitment, our emotion and our feeling. [But] it needed to happen.

"If not, our relationship will continue forever! And maybe that’s no good for the club or for us. I think when the decision [came], we needed to move on.

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"And I’ll always remember the good times. I was telling Daniel, our success is also your success because you chose us and you gave us the possibility to build this relationship with the players and staff, all the people that were in Tottenham and with the fans. I told him the architect was him. The decision was fantastic for us [to be hired] and when the decision is not good for you, you need to show the respect.

"And always Daniel is going to be my friend, all the people there, I have very good relationships with them. I am a football person and we understand that sometimes the chapter finishes, football moves very quick.

"And five-and-a-years working in Tottenham, nearly six years of professional relationship… when you spend this time in a club, it’s because you were very successful and you work very hard and you have the respect of the people and of course the players were fantastic in the way they performed."

Pochettino was replaced overnight by Jose Mourinho and he also insisted his relationship with the Portuguese is unaffected, while admitting he had imagined their roles reversed.

"Look, with Jose, we know each other for a long time," Pochettino said. "When I was the coach of Espanyol, and he was at Real Madrid, we had a very good relationship. He’s a top coach. And in life, look what happens. I always think I’d replace him. He was at Real Madrid – 'Oh, maybe one day I can take your place at Real Madrid and look at how life works out!' He has taken my place at Tottenham. Unbelievable, eh?"

"We have kept a very good relationship. I am so happy that he is at Tottenham, replacing me.

"And of course I am happy as well to leave the club in the way that we left it, with all the facilities that are the best in the world. For sure, he is very grateful for the way that we helped to build the club, which is now his club."

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