Former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has claimed that the club did not give him time to turn around the side’s season.
The Argentine also suggested that the club lost faith in his vision following the “mistakes” he made.
Pochettino was sacked last November despite leading Spurs to the Champions League final five months earlier.
“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 anticipated what could happen,” he said in an interview with the Spanish newspaper ‘El Pais’
“You need to fall, be down and 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.
“I was happy at Tottenham and I signed a contract. And we finished very well, the relationship is impeccable. I always say, without false humility, that we too have made mistakes that have 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. Respite was needed from both sides.”
Jose Mourinho replaced the 48-year-old with the club having slipped to 14th in November, a strong finish during Project Restart lifted them to a final Premier League position of sixth.