Mauricio Pochettino rips into his players after his "worst game as a manager"

Spurs finished behind Arsenal after leading the way for much of the season

Mauricio Pochettino did not mince his words as he apologised to fans for Spurs' 5-1 defeat at the hands of 10-man Newcastle on Sunday.

Spurs were looking to avoid a late season collapse that would see Arsenal overtake them in second place in the Premier League. Arsenal's 4-0 victory over hapless Villa ensured Spurs needed a win but they not only lost, but were humiliated by already relegated Newcastle United thanks to goals from Giorgino Wijnaldum (2), Aleksandar Mitrović, Rolando Aarons and Daryl Janmaat.

Pochettino, who recently signed a new deal to remain at the club until 2021, was disgusted at the fact that his side gave up after losing out on the title to Leicester City thanks to a 2-2 draw against Chelsea two weeks ago. 

"I'm very disappointed; it was my worse game as a manager. We spoke weeks before about never giving up, we need to learn and improve our mentality.

"Firstly I want to apologise to our fans, our supporters, it was a shame what happened on the pitch.

"I apologise to our families, the families who have suffered behind us, it is difficult now to arrive home and explain what has happened here.

"When you watch the game it wasn't a tactical problem, a skill or technical problem, it was a mental problem. When you go on the pitch you need to give 100 per cent. We need to show more character."

Spurs have qualified automatically for the Champions League next season but their supporters will feel aggrieved that after one of their best campaigns in many years, they still finished behind their North London rivals.