Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino apologies to fans and his family

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino
Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino has labelled Tottenham Hotspur’s defeat at St James’s Park as his “worst day as manager”.

Relegated Newcastle United beat Pochettino’s side 5-1 yesterday – despite having Aleksandar Mitrovic sent off.

And the result meant that they finished third in the Premier League behind rivals Arsenal.

Tottenham head coach Pochettino – who signed a new long-term deal at White Hart Lane last week – apologised to Tottenham supporters after the game.

“First of all, I would like to apologise to our fans – our team was terrible for them,” said Pochettino.

“To our families too, I apologise. It’s difficult to go back to see your kids, your wife, your girlfriends, your dad – this wasn’t the team that played all season.

“It’s my worst day as a manager. Not just in England, in Spain, too.

“I don’t think it was a tactical problem, or about physical conditioning.

“What we have said the whole season and the last few weeks is that we need to improve our mentality.

“We can see the problem from the beginning was that we were not ready to compete, and we don’t enough quality to only try to play with the ball.

“We need to run, we need to give 100% and be aggressive. We weren’t the team we showed the whole season.”

Asked about finishing below Arsenal in the league, Pochettino added: “I feel bad because the worst is that on the pitch we showed we don’t care about the position in the table.

“This upset me and disappointed me.”