"I know them well but you never know them well enough until you meet them". When I had meetings with my assistants and the people I wanted to bring with me in this chapter it was on the principle that there was no one else to blame. But it was good for me.
Pochettino and Perez have remained silent since they were dismissed after a breakdown in their relationship with the club's hierarchy and the team 14th in Premier League following a disastrous start to the season. "I even learned how to be a pundit".
"That was before I was sacked!"" .
"Maybe in the last matches they did not achieve good results, but I think overall their way in the last years with Pochettino was ideal", said Emery. I am ready to support them, this is not about me.
"In life you go through periods like this, where it's not about myself, it's about my players and my club".
Mourinho was officially confirmed as Spurs' new manager on Wednesday morning soon after the Lilywhites announced the departure of Pochettino on Tuesday night. The stadium is part of the vision, the training ground is part of the vision, keeping the best players is part of the vision.
"If I play against one of my previous clubs, which I will, at least Chelsea and Manchester United but hopefully Inter or Real Madrid in the Champions League, you know I only have one passion, only one thing in my mind and that's my club and now it's Spurs", he said.
I've not really considered him as a possible candidate for the Blues job in the past, after all until this campaign he had seemed pretty safe in his post!
"I just need time to understand them better and know everything about them because I always say you only know a player when you work with them".
"I come with a bit of sadness for his exit".
Mourinho, 56, addressed a pack press conference room at Spurs' training ground on Thursday and was happy throughout as he smiled and joked about returning to the Premier League. " He will find another great club and will have a great future", he explained.