Mauricio Pochettino was sacked by Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday after being in charge for five years. 

The Argentine oversaw the progress at Spurs, year after year, since his arrival in 2014 before he finally experienced his highest point at the North London club last season. Under his management, Spurs made it to their maiden Champions League final, which they lost 2-0 to Liverpool FC at Madrid.

Tottenham, who finished runner's up at the Champions League and in top-four at the Premier League, are not even in top-10 at present in England. In the ongoing season, Pochettino's team has collected only 14 points from 12 matches. Giving more perspective here, the Spurs are just six points clear of relegation. 

According to reports, Daniel Levy, the Spurs chairman, is in talks with Jose Mourinho, who has been out of a job since Manchester United fired him last December. Mourinho, who apart from Man Utd, has had two stints with Chelsea, has been told about Spurs' transfer budgets and their vision for the immediate future. 

Moreover, Levy is believed to be a huge admirer of Mourinho and hence the deal could be well in place very soon. The former Juventus boss, Max Allegri, has also been on a lookout for work but he is aware that Spurs are adamant on signing the former Real Madrid and Inter Milan manager, Mourinho, who has turned down job opportunities including in China, Spain and Portugal since leaving the Theatre of Dreams. 

Having retained a house in London, a job at Spurs could well be tempting for the Portuguese. Pochettino will leave along with his assistants - Jesús Pérez, Miguel D’Agostino and Toni Jiménez - and this call has sure been an expensive one for Spurs and Levy because the manager had a little over three and a half years to run on his approximately $11 million-a-season deal.

Jose Mourinho (left) and Mauricio Pochettino, the man he is tipped to replace at Tottenham Jose Mourinho (left) and Mauricio Pochettino, the man he is tipped to replace at Tottenham Photo: AFP / Oli SCARFF

"We were extremely reluctant to make this change and it is not a decision the Board has taken lightly, nor in haste. Regrettably, domestic results at the end of last season and the beginning of this season have been extremely disappointing. It falls to the Board to make the difficult decisions - this one made more so given the many memorable moments we have had with Mauricio and his coaching staff - but we do so in the Club's best interests," Levy said in an official statement Tuesday. 

"Mauricio and his coaching staff will always be part of our history. I have the utmost admiration for how he dealt with the difficult times away from a home ground whilst we built the new stadium and for the warmth and positivity he brought to us. I should like to thank him and his coaching staff for all they have contributed. They will always be welcome here. We have a talented squad. We need to re-energize and look to deliver a positive season for our supporters," the Spurs' chairman added.