Mauricio Pochettino has revealed that he “expected more support” from the Tottenham bosses when results were not going his way.
The Argentine was sacked in November just six months after guiding Spurs to the Champions League final.
This was after he turned down the chance to manage Real Madrid when they approached him in 2018.
But Pochettino was keen to honour his contract in north London, and was hoping for more backing from the Tottenham hierarchy as things began to fall apart this season.
“I was happy at Tottenham and I signed a contract,” he told El Pais 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?
“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.”