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Mauricio Pochettino leaves tender farewell message to Tottenham players on tactics board

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 where he was pictured writing the message on the white board.

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“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.

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1/33 Mauricio Pochettino joins Tottenham

Mauricio Pochettino poses with chairman Daniel Levy after joining Tottenham from Southampton in May 2014 Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty I

2/33 Up and running

Mauricio Pochettino celebrates after Eric Dier's late goal secured Tottenham victory against West Ham on the opening day of the 2014/15 season Getty Images

3/33 The first North London derby

Mauricio Pochettino's first North London derby ended in a 1-1 draw in September 2014 Getty Images

4/33 Revenge against Chelsea

Tottenham reaped revenge against Chelsea for an earlier defeat in the season, winning 5-3 on New Year's Day 2015 Getty Images

5/33 Back to the future

Jose Mourinho and Mauricio Pochettino share a hug before the New Year's Day match between their two sides Getty Images

6/33 Over and out

Mauricio Pochettino's first European campaign with Tottenham came to an end with their round of 32 defeat by Fiorentina in February 2015 AFP via Getty Images

7/33 Ending on a high

Mauricio Pochettino ended his first season in charge of Tottenham with a win against Everton thanks to Harry Kane's goal Getty Images

8/33 Opening defeat

Mauricio Pochettino started his second season in charge with a 1-0 defeat at Old Trafford Getty Images

9/33 Spurs mean business

Spurs beat Manchester City 4-1 on 26 September 2015, a result which showed that Mauricio Pochettino and his men meant business Getty Images

10/33 Huth the heartbreaker

A late Robert Huth goal consigned Spurs to defeat, with the title race heating up as Spurs, City and Arsenal gave chase to the Foxes Getty Images

11/33 Another European campaign draws to a close

Tottenham were beaten 5-1 on aggregate by Borussia Dortmund in the last 16 of Europa League to bring another European campaign to a disappointing close Getty Images

12/33 Spurs keep the pressure on

Tottenham beat United 3-0 in a strong showing at White Hart Lane to keep the pressure on Leicester Getty Images

13/33 Battle of the bridge

After pulling two goals ahead at Stamford Bridge, Spurs were eventually pegged back by Chelsea in a fiery encounter in the capital to confirm Leicester as champions. AFP via Getty Images

14/33 Poch shows his class

Mauricio Pochettino showed his tactical class and brilliance as a manager in inflicting the first defeat upon Pep Guardiola's Manchester City in the 2016/17 season Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty I

15/33 Spurs take it up a notch

Harry Kane hit twice as Tottenham demolished Swansea 5-0 at White Hart Lane Getty Images

16/33 More European woe

Defeat by Monaco in November dashed Tottenham's hopes of progressing to the knockout stages of the Champions League Getty Images

17/33 North London is white

Harry Kane's penalty goal made sure of victory in the second North London derby of the 2016/17 season Getty Images

18/33 Farewell White Hart Lane

Mauricio Pochettino addresses the crowds after Tottenham's last ever home game at White Hart Lane (a 2-1 win over United) Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty I

19/33 Tottenham run riot against Hull

Spurs ran seven goals past Hull City on the final day of the 2016/17 campaign. Mauricio Pochettino's men ended that season in second with 86 points – their highest ever haul in the Premier League. Getty Images

20/33 Spurs brush aside Liverpool

Tottenham beat Liverpool 4-1 in October 2017 in a dazzling display of attacking football at their new home Wembley Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty I

21/33 European underdogs no more

Spurs beat Real Madrid 3-1 at Wembley in one of their best Champions League performances to date under Mauricio Pochettino Getty Images

22/33 Spurs stumble heading into Christmas

Defeat by Leicester – Spurs' third loss in five – saw Mauricio Pochettino and his men stumble heading into the Christmas period of the 2017/18 season Getty Images

23/33 Tottenham out of Europe – again

Tottenham were narrowly beaten by Juventus in the last 16 of the Champions League, losing 4-3 on aggregate Getty Images

24/33 On a roll

Tottenham beat Stoke 2-1 in April 2018 to make it 14 straight games without a loss Getty Images

25/33 Champions League football secured

Spurs ended the 2017/18 season in third place with 77 points to secure Champions League football once again Getty Images

26/33 Spurs on the up

Lucas Moura struck twice in Tottenham's 3-0 win over Manchester United in the third game of the 2018/2019 season Getty Images

27/33 Against the odds, Spurs make it into the last 16

A gritty 1-1 draw against Barcelona at the Camp Nou secured Spurs a spot in the last 16 of the Champions League after a miserable start to the group stages Getty Images

28/33 A new chapter begins

Tottenham beat Crystal Palace 1-0 in their first game at the new stadium AFP via Getty Images

29/33 Pochettino's finest moment

Mauricio Pochettino's finest moment. It doesn't get much better than the stunning comeback win against Ajax to book a place in the final of the Champions League AFP via Getty Images

30/33 Misery in Madrid

There was to be no fairytale ending for Mauricio Pochettino, with his men succumbing to a 2-0 defeat against Liverpool in the Champions League final AFP via Getty Images

31/33 Writing on the wall

Tottenham were beaten 3-0 by Brighton on 5 October. This followed the 7-2 hammering by Bayern Munich in the Champions League, as well as a string of other disappointing results and rumours of disaffection in the changing room AFP via Getty Images

32/33 Pochettino's final game in charge

Mauricio Pochettino's final game in charge was the 1-1 draw with Sheffield United on 9 November. He was sacked on 19 November Getty Images

33/33 Mourinho takes charge

Jose Mourinho is announced as Tottenham's new manager after Mauricio Pochettino's dismissal the night before Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty I

1/33 Mauricio Pochettino joins Tottenham

Mauricio Pochettino poses with chairman Daniel Levy after joining Tottenham from Southampton in May 2014 Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty I

2/33 Up and running

Mauricio Pochettino celebrates after Eric Dier's late goal secured Tottenham victory against West Ham on the opening day of the 2014/15 season Getty Images

3/33 The first North London derby

Mauricio Pochettino's first North London derby ended in a 1-1 draw in September 2014 Getty Images

4/33 Revenge against Chelsea

Tottenham reaped revenge against Chelsea for an earlier defeat in the season, winning 5-3 on New Year's Day 2015 Getty Images

5/33 Back to the future

Jose Mourinho and Mauricio Pochettino share a hug before the New Year's Day match between their two sides Getty Images

6/33 Over and out

Mauricio Pochettino's first European campaign with Tottenham came to an end with their round of 32 defeat by Fiorentina in February 2015 AFP via Getty Images

7/33 Ending on a high

Mauricio Pochettino ended his first season in charge of Tottenham with a win against Everton thanks to Harry Kane's goal Getty Images

8/33 Opening defeat

Mauricio Pochettino started his second season in charge with a 1-0 defeat at Old Trafford Getty Images

9/33 Spurs mean business

Spurs beat Manchester City 4-1 on 26 September 2015, a result which showed that Mauricio Pochettino and his men meant business Getty Images

10/33 Huth the heartbreaker

A late Robert Huth goal consigned Spurs to defeat, with the title race heating up as Spurs, City and Arsenal gave chase to the Foxes Getty Images

11/33 Another European campaign draws to a close

Tottenham were beaten 5-1 on aggregate by Borussia Dortmund in the last 16 of Europa League to bring another European campaign to a disappointing close Getty Images

12/33 Spurs keep the pressure on

Tottenham beat United 3-0 in a strong showing at White Hart Lane to keep the pressure on Leicester Getty Images

13/33 Battle of the bridge

After pulling two goals ahead at Stamford Bridge, Spurs were eventually pegged back by Chelsea in a fiery encounter in the capital to confirm Leicester as champions. AFP via Getty Images

14/33 Poch shows his class

Mauricio Pochettino showed his tactical class and brilliance as a manager in inflicting the first defeat upon Pep Guardiola's Manchester City in the 2016/17 season Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty I

15/33 Spurs take it up a notch

Harry Kane hit twice as Tottenham demolished Swansea 5-0 at White Hart Lane Getty Images

16/33 More European woe

Defeat by Monaco in November dashed Tottenham's hopes of progressing to the knockout stages of the Champions League Getty Images

17/33 North London is white

Harry Kane's penalty goal made sure of victory in the second North London derby of the 2016/17 season Getty Images

18/33 Farewell White Hart Lane

Mauricio Pochettino addresses the crowds after Tottenham's last ever home game at White Hart Lane (a 2-1 win over United) Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty I

19/33 Tottenham run riot against Hull

Spurs ran seven goals past Hull City on the final day of the 2016/17 campaign. Mauricio Pochettino's men ended that season in second with 86 points – their highest ever haul in the Premier League. Getty Images

20/33 Spurs brush aside Liverpool

Tottenham beat Liverpool 4-1 in October 2017 in a dazzling display of attacking football at their new home Wembley Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty I

21/33 European underdogs no more

Spurs beat Real Madrid 3-1 at Wembley in one of their best Champions League performances to date under Mauricio Pochettino Getty Images

22/33 Spurs stumble heading into Christmas

Defeat by Leicester – Spurs' third loss in five – saw Mauricio Pochettino and his men stumble heading into the Christmas period of the 2017/18 season Getty Images

23/33 Tottenham out of Europe – again

Tottenham were narrowly beaten by Juventus in the last 16 of the Champions League, losing 4-3 on aggregate Getty Images

24/33 On a roll

Tottenham beat Stoke 2-1 in April 2018 to make it 14 straight games without a loss Getty Images

25/33 Champions League football secured

Spurs ended the 2017/18 season in third place with 77 points to secure Champions League football once again Getty Images

26/33 Spurs on the up

Lucas Moura struck twice in Tottenham's 3-0 win over Manchester United in the third game of the 2018/2019 season Getty Images

27/33 Against the odds, Spurs make it into the last 16

A gritty 1-1 draw against Barcelona at the Camp Nou secured Spurs a spot in the last 16 of the Champions League after a miserable start to the group stages Getty Images

28/33 A new chapter begins

Tottenham beat Crystal Palace 1-0 in their first game at the new stadium AFP via Getty Images

29/33 Pochettino's finest moment

Mauricio Pochettino's finest moment. It doesn't get much better than the stunning comeback win against Ajax to book a place in the final of the Champions League AFP via Getty Images

30/33 Misery in Madrid

There was to be no fairytale ending for Mauricio Pochettino, with his men succumbing to a 2-0 defeat against Liverpool in the Champions League final AFP via Getty Images

31/33 Writing on the wall

Tottenham were beaten 3-0 by Brighton on 5 October. This followed the 7-2 hammering by Bayern Munich in the Champions League, as well as a string of other disappointing results and rumours of disaffection in the changing room AFP via Getty Images

32/33 Pochettino's final game in charge

Mauricio Pochettino's final game in charge was the 1-1 draw with Sheffield United on 9 November. He was sacked on 19 November Getty Images

33/33 Mourinho takes charge

Jose Mourinho is announced as Tottenham's new manager after Mauricio Pochettino's dismissal the night before Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty I

“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.”

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