Jesus Perez has bid an emotional farewell to Tottenham following the shock sacking of Mauricio Pochettino on Tuesday evening.
Pochettino reached the Champions League final with Spurs last season, but a string of poor results this term have cost the Argentine – along with assistant coach Perez and the rest of his coaching staff – their jobs.
During Pochettino’s five-and-a-half years in north London, he delivered four successive top-four finishes in the Premier League, which included two title challenges.
The Argentina also led Spurs on a memorable run to the European Cup 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 for 18 months while Tottenham’s new stadium was built and went through two transfer windows without signing anyone.
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.
Perez has become a cult hero among Spurs fans for his passionate approach to the job, and to to Twitter to reflect on Spurs’ announcement.
Tweeting a picture of himself, Pochettino and the rest of the coaching staff in the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium dugout, Perez wrote: “#COYS. Thank you from our heart to our players , staff, and special thanks to you all , lovely Spurs Fans .”
Perez followed up the message with five blue heart emojis followed by a broken red heart.