Spurs players bid farewell to long-serving boss Pochettino after five successful years
PUBLISHED: 12:00 20 November 2019
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Tottenham Hotspur bid farewell to manager Mauricio Pochettino in midweek after more than five wonderful years at the helm in a period of transformation.
Pochettino, along with his coaching staff, have paid the price for a poor run of domestic form in 2019, ending a five-and-a-half-year spell at the club.
During that time he delivered four successive top-four finishes in the Premier League, which included two title challenges, a memorable run to the Champions League final last season and developed the likes of Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Heung-min Son and Christian Eriksen into top-class players.
He also had to contend with playing at Wembley Stadium for 18 months while Tottenham's new stadium was built and went through two transfer windows without signing any players.
But chairman Daniel Levy grew impatient with a decline in form this calendar year as Spurs took only 23 points from their last 24 Premier League games.
Spurs players including the likes of prolific striker Harry Kane and Ben Davies praised their former boss after his departure
"I'll be forever thankful to you for helping me achieve my dreams," Kane said.
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"We've had some amazing moments in the last five and a half years that I will never forget.
"You were my manager but my friend as well and I thank you for that relationship. Good luck with your next chapter."
Tottenham defender Ben Davies also paid tribute to Pochettino and predicted the Argentinian would "go onto bigger and better things" after leaving Spurs.
"I didn't know until after the game," said Davies after Wales had beaten Hungary 2-0 to ensure their qualification for the Euro 2020 finals.
"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."
Meanwhile, chairman Levy also feels Pochettino will go down in club history for his efforts.
"Mauricio and his coaching staff will always be part of our history," he said.
"I have the utmost admiration for the manner in which he dealt with the difficult times away from a home ground whilst we built the new stadium and for the warmth and positivity he brought to us.
"I should like to thank him and his coaching staff for all they have contributed. They will always be welcome here."