A number of Tottenham players have thanked and wished coach Mauricio Pochettino following his dismissal by the north London club on Tuesday night.
The argentine was shown the door on Tuesday with club chairman Daniel Levy stating that the poor run the league that stretches to last season prompted the club board to act.
“We were extremely reluctant to make this change and it is not a decision the Board has taken lightly, nor in haste. Regrettably, domestic results at the end of last season and beginning of this season have been extremely disappointing,” read Levy’s statement in part.
“It falls to the Board to make the difficult decisions – this one made more so given the many memorable moments we have had with Mauricio and his coaching staff – but we do so in the Club’s best interests.
Reports of Pochettino’s imminent sacking emanated earlier this week with the club struggling in the league where they lie in the 14th position.
A number of players led by Dele Alli have taken to social media to thank the tactician.
“I can’t thank this man enough. He’s taught me so much and I’m so grateful for everything he’s done for me. Good luck and hope to see you again my friend,” Ali who was signed from MK Dons in 2015 by the tactician tweeted.
Meanwhile, midfielder Harry Winks who got promoted to the senior team in 2016 by the former Espanyol man had kind words for the tactician.
“I’ve said many times and I will always say it, I’ve got everything to thank the gaffer for. He gave me the opportunity and I wouldn’t be who I am today if it wasn’t for him.
“Of course I’ve had to work hard to get here, but getting that opportunity in the first place is always difficult and I’m forever thankful to the manager for giving me that opportunity,” he said.
Belgian midfielder Toby Alderweireld said the move came as a surprise but stated that the tactician had taken the club to the next level since he took over in 2014.
‘It’s a surprise for me as well. I think the club made a decision and we have to accept this. I think we have to be very thankful to him, for what he achieved, he brought this club to the next level,” Toby said.
Defender Ben Davies said it had been amazing working with Pochettino and added that he believes that the 47-year old will get a better and bigger assignment.
“I didn’t know until after the game. I was very shocked. But I’d like to put on record, it’s been amazing to work with him for the last five years and I’m sure he will go onto bigger and better things,” Davies said after his country Wales sealed Euro 2020 qualification on Tuesday evening with a 2-0 win over Hungary.