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Prior to his sacking, Ray Parlour expressed his surprise that Tottenham Hotspur did not back manager Mauricio Pochettino, per talkSPORT.
Pochettino was officially sacked on Tuesday evening.
And Parlour, a former Arsenal midfielder, believes that the Argentine should have been given greater support in the transfer market.
He said: ““I’m surprised they haven’t backed him, I really am, by saying ‘right, what do you need? We got to the Champions League final, amazing season for Spurs last year, let’s kick on, let’s try and move closer to Liverpool and Man City, we’ve got a great stadium now.
“‘I know a few players will be leaving but we’ve got to try to get players in, with the quality to keep us up there, with the likes of the top two.’”
Daniel Levy didn’t do enough for Tottenham during Pochettino’s tenure.
That doesn’t just include the summer, but also the transfer windows that have come before it.
Spurs became the first club in Premier League history not to buy a single player in the summer transfer window last year and were then inactive in January, too.
The solution to that in the most recent window was to buy three first-team players in Tanguy Ndombele, Giovani Lo Celso and Ryan Sessegnon. Only the former has made more than one start in the Premier League so far this season.
It simply doesn’t add up, especially when one includes the departures of Kieran Trippier and Fernando Llorente; neither player was directly replaced.
And so the Spurs squad is weaker now than it was as it headed into the Champions League final which, really, is unforgivable.
Pochettino is a manager, not a miracle worker, and managers, like carpenters, are only as good as their tools.
Levy hasn’t been providing them as he should have been and he is as culpable as anyone for Pochettino ultimately losing his job.