‘State of shock’: Premier League sacking leaves fans ‘devastated’

Tottenham Hotspur have sacked head coach Mauricio Pochettino, the English Premier League club have announced.

The Argentinian has been relieved of his duties after five-and-a-half years in charge at the north London club.

Spurs, who were in the Champions League final only six months ago, have endured a tough start to the season and are currently 14th in the Premier League table.

Chairman Daniel Levy, who appointed Pochettino in June 2014, said: "We were extremely reluctant to make this change and it is not a decision the board have taken lightly, nor in haste.

"Regrettably domestic results at the end of last season and the beginning of this season have been extremely disappointing.

Manager Mauricio Pochettino has been sacked after five seasons in charge of Tottenham. Pic: Getty

"It falls on the board to make the difficult decisions - this one made more so given the many memorable moments we have had with Mauricio and his coaching staff - but we do so in the club's best interests."

News of Tottenham's momentous decision sent shockwaves through the football world on Wednesday (AEDT).

Fans took to social media to pay tribute to the man regarded by many as one of the finest managers in Spurs' history.

The chairman went on to praise Pochettino for the lasting legacy he has left on the north London club.

“Mauricio and his coaching staff will always be part of our history," Levy said.

"I have the utmost admiration for the manner in which he dealt with the difficult times away from a home ground whilst we built the new stadium and for the warmth and positivity he brought to us. I should like to thank him and his coaching staff for all they have contributed. They will always be welcome here.

“We have a talented squad. We need to re-energise and look to deliver a positive season for our supporters.”

With agencies