Pochettino had enjoyed a fine spell at the club, transforming them into top-four regulars and taking Spurs to their first Champions League final last season, ultimately losing 2-0 to Liverpool. To this day, Van Gaal insists he did not see his sacking as Manchester United manager coming, confident private assurances from the club's executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward, meant more than the persistent chatter about Mourinho being lined up to replace him. With 14 points in total, just six clear of relegation, Spurs have been without a win in their last five matches.
But after a hard start to the new campaign, claiming just 14 points from their first 12 matches, chairman Daniel Levy made a drastic decision, with Spurs confirming Jose Mourinho as their new manager on Wednesday.
"We believe he will bring energy and belief to the dressing room", Levy said.
"I am excited to be joining a club with such a great heritage and such passionate supporters", Mourinho said. "Working with these players is what has attracted me".
Mourinho has penned a three-and-a-half-year deal in north London after Spurs sacked Mauricio Pochettino on Tuesday night.
Although he was sacked by Manchester United, that can not overshadow his accomplishments over the years as a manager.
The 56-year-old - a three-time Premier League victor during two spells in charge of London rivals Chelsea - saw his two-and-half-year tenure as United boss come to an end amid poor form and reports of dressing-room unrest.