Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Poch's Departure Was Tough for Alli

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Poch's Departure Was Tough for Alli

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EMOTIONAL Dele Alli spoke about his heartache at Mauricio Pochettino's sacking as Tottenham boss.

Pochettino was fired last week after a poor start to the season and replaced by Jose Mourinho less than 12 hours later.

Alli was a key ally of Pochettino, having been brought to the club from MK Dons as an 18-year-old by the Argentinian, and was one of several players who went to visit their former coach.

"It's clear to everyone how much Poch meant to the players," he said ahead of Tottenham's Champions League clash with Olympiacos.

"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. …

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