Exclusive - Mauricio Pochettino was shocked and devastated upon discovering he had been sacked as the manager of Tottenham earlier this week.
The Argentine was informed by Daniel Levy on Tuesday night that he had been relieved of his duties, in what he perceived as a surprising turn of events. Prior, Pochettino was certain that he would be given time to turn Spurs' fortunes around this season, despite a disappointing start in the Premier League.
However, he is said to be feeling better as of the last couple of days, and is starting to look ahead to the future - despite the affection he still holds for the club.
Perhaps, however, that had not been necessarily true for the entire duration of his tenure.
As speculation over a move to Manchester intensified, Spurs drew up a shortlist of potential replacements to prepare themselves in case of an approach - even attempting to speak to some targets to get ahead. Pochettino learned of this and was angered by it.
United, in the end, opted to award the job on a permanent basis to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, and per a source, Pochettino was
German champions Bayern Munich are currently among the clubs looking for a new head coach - the links with Pochettino have been immediate since his departure from Spurs - and it's not the first time the Bavarians have shown an interest.
At Tottenham, Pochettino made it clear to Levy that he had lost faith in certain squad members to help take the club to the next level, but the chairman ignored the warnings about the decline and lack of progression of certain players.
Spurs' inability to sign Sadio Mane even further back, in 2016, annoyed Pochettino - as he had disagreed that the Senegalese's wage demands were excessive, while a strict salary structure was in place. Georginio Wijnaldum also opted to join Liverpool over Tottenham around then.
Tanguy Ndombele was a long-term target of Pochettino's, and a deal to bring him to north London was close to being agreed in 2018, but Lyon pulled the plug late in negotiations. And while he ended up getting his man a year later, the lack of support in had already meant that, despite his will to carry on, his relationship with people within the club had been punctured for some time.
Now out of work,