Harry Redknapp believes Tottenham’s players are to blame for Mauricio Pochettino being sacked as manager.
The Argentinian and his backroom staff were relieved of their duties on Tuesday evening, with chairman Daniel Levy labelling recent domestic results as “extremely disappointing”.
Pochettino leaves Spurs just six months after taking the club to the Champions League final, which they lost 2-0 to Liverpool in Madrid.
Pochettino joined from Southampton in 2014 and delivered four top-four finishes across his five full seasons in charge.
But he loses his job with Tottenham 14th in the Premier League and having won only three of their opening league games – with former Spurs boss Redknapp laying the blame at the feet of the players Pochettino leaves behind.
“When people talk about the players there all loving him – if they love him that much, maybe they should have started playing a bit better,” he told Sky Sports News.
“At the end of the day, they’ve got him the sack, the results have not been good enough.
“They’ve not performed well enough, that’s why he’s lost his job. That’s what gets you sacked as a football manager.
“They’ve had one Champions League final, and if you look back at the run, really, everything went their way a little bit.
“But they’ve not won a trophy in five or six years with an incredible squad of players, full of internationals.”