Harry Redknapp has revealed that former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino was close to leaving North London last year, saying that it looked live a move away was a “done deal” until it fell through.
Pochettino was sacked as Spurs boss on Tuesday evening, with former Manchester United and Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho returning to the Premier League as his successor early on Wednesday morning.
Pochettino was linked with leaving Tottenham since the defeat to Liverpool in the Champions League final in June, with the club suffering a poor start upon their return to action this season.
Indeed, speaking to Sky Sports, Spurs legend Redknapp claimed that the Argentine’s exit could have been sealed before this week.
“[Pochettino] was reasonably successful,” Redknapp said. “I like him, I think he’s great, I’ve got a great relationship with him.
“He will think he’s going to get a big club and he will get a big club, there is no doubt about that.
“Whether it’s in England, I know he thought he had a big job due last year, I know his advisors spoke to another club and it looked like it was a done deal, apparently, but he didn’t get the job. He’ll be in a big job very shortly.”
Mourinho’s first game in charge sees his side take on West Ham in Premier League action on Saturday, with crucial games against Bayern Munich and Manchester United to come in the next few weeks.