Pochettino lashes out at his players after Newcastle rout
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino described his side's capitulation as his worst day in football management as they failed in their bid to finish above north London rivals Arsenal, which they have still not achieved since 1995.
Two goals from Georginio Wijnaldum and others from Aleksandar Mitrovic, Rolando Aarons and Daryl Janmaat - three coming after Mitrovic had been sent off for a raking challenge on Kyle Walker - sealed the Magpies' improbable win.
Pochettino said: "I think today we showed that this wasn't a team that had played well through the whole season, and I think this was my worst day as a manager in England or Spain.
"I feel very bad, because the worst thing is we showed we don't care about the position.
"We have shown in the last few weeks that what we need to improve for next season is our mental state. We can see the problem was that we are not ready to compete and we don't have enough quality to play with the ball.
"The big problem is that we have to try to identify and take decisions for the future. I was very disappointed and upset because the first 45 minutes of the match was a shame."
Such was the extent of Pochettino's plight he revealed he had been extended sympathy by Benitez, despite the final whistle bringing an end to the hosts' top-flight tenure.
Pochettino admitted: "It was strange - Newcastle are relegated but he felt sorry for me."
Meanwhile, Spurs striker Harry Kane offered this apology to his side's supporters on Twitter:
Today wasn't nowhere near good enough. It shows we are still learning and still have a lot to improve on. But overall with have to see 1/2— Harry Kane (@HKane) 15 May 2016
the bigger picture. We are in the Champions League. We have to stay positive and be proud! We have to come next season with ambition! #COYS— Harry Kane (@HKane) 15 May 2016