Harry Kane has recalled how Mauricio Pochettino was abruptly shown the door at Tottenham last term.
The Argentine's five-and-a-half year reign of the north London side was bought to an end in November following a sustained period of poor results.
Pochettino had guided Tottenham to a first ever Champions League Final just six months before his sacking but that counted for little.
Kane was perhaps the greatest beneficiary of the 48-year-old's work and revealed that his former boss had no idea he was going to lost his job.
“He didn’t know already, I spoke to him last night,” Kane said as he spoke to team-mates.
“Mauricio told me, ‘The chairman called me and said, ‘Can I talk? It will be a shame but you will need to pack your things and you leave tonight’.”
Pochettino was replaced by Jose Mourinho within 24 hours as Tottenham acted quickly to secure their next manager.
The Argentine had guided the north Londoners to their highest ever Premier League finish and secured four successive top four finishes.
His sacking therefore saw chairman Daniel Levy criticised for what some saw as a decision that lacked empathy.
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But the Tottenham chief rejects the accusations that can often be thrown at him.
“The perception of me is that I am hard-nosed, stubborn, don’t care and not ambitious,” says Levy. “A lot of that is unfair.
“They just don’t understand how hard it is to get to that place where you improve the team.
“The engine of the club is the team and I hate it when we lose. It is not something I can directly control – obviously I can have an influence by hopefully making the right decisions.
“But reaching this decision took a lot of heartache. My heart was telling me don’t do it and my brain was telling me I needed to do it.
“It was the most emotional decision I have had to make.”
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