England midfielder, Dele Alli, he was “very upset” about the news on Mauricio Pottechino’s sacking as Tottenham manager.
Pochettino was sacked last week Tuesday and replaced by Jose Mourihno on Wednesday as head coach of Tottenham Hotspur.
Alli was brought from MK Dons as an 18-year-old by Pochettino and was one of the players that visited the Argentine after hearing the news he was fired.
“It’s clear to everyone how much Poch meant to the players,” Alli said.
“Being here for nearly five years he has seen me grow as a person and helped me a lot. I came here as an 18-year-old, new to it all and I’ve been through a lot of ups and downs here but he’s helped me through it all. I can’t thank him enough.”
“I felt it was important as soon as I saw the news. I was very upset but I tried to get in contact with him and the next day I went to see him. It was just a conversation between two friends. He has helped me through a lot – I’ve seen him more than I see my own family in the last five years, so it was very tough.
“But this is football and things change all the time so we know what we have to do. We have a job to do, we have to move forward. But for sure he is someone I’m going to stay in contact with.
“It will be different because he’s not the manager but he’s an amazing person and helped me so much throughout my career – not just in football but in life as well. When it first happened… you just blame yourself, you are sad and don’t look at the big picture.”
Alli has been in poor form in recent months and was not called for international duty for England in European 2020 qualifiers.
But since Mourihno took over the Spurs and joked about him playing for his brother during training, the 23-year old seems to have bounced back as his performance in Tottenham’s 3-2 victorious match against West Ham was very impressive.
Alli also said he didn’t take offense to Mourihno’s training ground joke.
“I suppose it was a criticism but a lot of people have been saying that so it was nothing new,” he added. “In that sense. To have it honestly said to your face was nice because a lot of people would prefer to say it behind your back.”
Besides, Alli is not paying too much attention to people’s criticisms, most especially about his previous poor performance before Mourihno became Spurs manager.
“It didn’t shock me, playing in the Premier League you expect it when you are not performing to be criticised. For me I have been a professional for a few years now, I am still young and I have a lot to learn and improve. I am an experienced player but it is just important you listen to the right people.
“I am my own biggest critic. I know what I need to work on. Some peoples’ opinions are for the right reasons and some are just to jump on the bandwagon. I know where I am in my career and I know where I want to improve.”