Jan 18, 2013 -- 5:18PM, STEPTOES YARD wrote:
if he was called nigelo akdinio he would probably still be in jobwhat is it with english managers being written off and jobs given to unproven foreigners
Spot on. Awful decision. The timing of the decision is the strangest thing, just as they're picking up results. I hoped they'd stay up, now I hope they go down.
I tipped Adkins before the season as first manager to be sacked, mainly because of the vanity and ruthlessness of Cortese. In one respect I'm surprised he's waited this long. He obviously wanted a trendy, fashionable manager. Pochettino did great last season but left Espanyol in a right mess.
True, Espanyol endured a terrible start to the season and Pochettino appeared unable to turn his team around, but the majority of fans stayed behind him and there was a great sense of reluctance among the club's hierarchy when they eventually made the decision to part ways.
The consensus among supporters was that Pochettino had been placed in a no-win situation at a club saddled with enormous debts, where he was consistently forced to sell his best players and deal with seemingly endless boardroom strife.
For many fans, the final straw was the summer departure of homegrown Spain Under-21 striker Alvaro Vazquez to Getafe. When Espanyol then kicked off the new season with just one point from their opening six games, fans directed their anger firmly towards the board rather than Pochettino.
Fans preferred to respect Pochettino for the achievements earlier in his reign and during his time as a central defender for the club.
If they had sacked him he would extracted every last penny they owed him. As it was he waived a years wages.
"This afternoon, the club and the coach agreed to terminate by mutual consent the contract that united them,"
It was then universally reported as "mutual consent". There is no reason to disbelieve what was said at the time.