November 22, 2019 / 3:16 AM / 24 days ago

Pochettino leaves farewell message to Spurs players

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Champions League - Group B - Crvena Zvezda v Tottenham Hotspur - Rajko Mitic Stadium, Belgrade, Serbia - November 6, 2019 Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino applauds the fans after the match REUTERS/Marko Djurica

(Reuters) - Mauricio Pochettino, who was sacked by Tottenham Hotspur earlier this week, thanked his former players in a farewell message left on a tactics board, photos posted on Twitter by his assistant showed.

The Argentine was let go six months after he led the club to the Champions League final and after more than five years in charge. Spurs appointed former Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho as his replacement on Wednesday.

Pochettino has yet to give a statement on his sacking but his assistant Jesus Perez posted two photos on Twitter here where he was pictured writing the message on the white board.

“Big thanks to you all,” Pochettino wrote. “We can’t say goodbye ... you will always be in our hearts.”

Spurs players also posted messages on Twitter, thanking Pochettino for shaping their careers.

“I’ll be forever thankful to you for helping me achieve my dreams,” striker Harry Kane wrote.

Team mate Dele Alli tweeted: “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.”

(This story refiles to add dropped word in lede)

Reporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherfordpeter.rutherford@thomsonreuters.com; +822 6936 1482

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