Mauricio Pochettino has thanked everyone at Tottenham and paid tribute to the fans after speaking out for the first time since he departed the club.

The Argentine’s five-and-a-half-year reign ended last Tuesday less than five months after he led Spurs to a Champions League final and their fourth consecutive top-four finish.

But just three wins in their opening 12 Premier League matches – which saw his side sit 14th in the league – cost Pochettino his job and less than 24 hours later he was replaced by former Manchester United and Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho as Head Coach.

A statement, via the League Managers’ Association, reads as follows: ”

“I would like to thank also everyone I met at Tottenham, all the club staff and the football players during these five and a half years.

“Finally I would like to give a special mention to the fans who make this club so great with their fantastic support.

“I gave the best of me to accomplish the objectives I was asked for in our first meeting. There were equally tough challenges as exciting success.

“Best wishes for the future, I am sure we will cross paths again.”



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