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Tottenham players react to the firing of Mauricio Pochettino

It took a while, but the social media tributes began to come in.

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It took a while for them to start trickling in, but in the wake of Mauricio Pochettino’s sacking, Tottenham Hotspur players began to react on social media, which is, let’s face it, the only real place where they can put their genuine thoughts out for public consumption.

Pochettino may (or may not) have lost the dressing room, but he was still deeply appreciated, especially by the players to whom he gave their chance to become star footballers over the past five years.

The first person to post, near as I can tell, was Dele, who tweeted within an hour of Pochettino’s firing.

Over on Instagram, Harry Winks posted his own soliloquy to Pochettino.

Harry Kane posted a heartfelt open letter to Poch, one that should tug on the heartstrings of anyone who reads it. Kane, along with Dele, probably gained the most during Pochettino’s tenure, as he was the one who elevated both of them from the academy (in Kane’s case) or lower-league football (in Dele’s).

Son Heung-Min was equally grateful for Pochettino’s tenure at the club, further solidifying Sonny’s reputation for being the nicest man in football.

Ben Davies didn’t post directly, but gave quotes to the media after Wales’ 2-0 EURO 2020 qualifying win today, and he managed to simultaneously thank Pochettino and have a spectacular (and inadvertent?) self-own.

Pochettino, for his sake, is not on social media. But Jesus Perez is, and he posted a farewell tweet to Spurs fans in a way that’s making me tear up again, thanks Jesus.

More of these will invariably come out over the coming hours and days, as the players continue to process the departure of Pochettino and the appointment of Jose Mourinho.