Eddie Howe’s team dominated the game scoring three goals in the first nine minutes and adding two more before the 21-minute mark leaving the Spurs players and fans embarrassed. Following the match, Tottenham Hotspur fired caretaker manager Cristian Stellini and hired former midfielder Ryan Mason to lead the team for the remainder of the season.
“As a squad, we understand your frustration, your anger,” the statement, released by Spurs on social media, read.
“It wasn’t good enough. We know words aren’t enough in situations like this but believe us, a defeat like this hurts”.
“We appreciate your support, home and away, and with this in mind we would like to reimburse fans with the cost of their match tickets from St James’ Park”.
“We know this does not change what happened on Sunday and we will give everything to put things right against Manchester United on Thursday evening when, again, your support will mean everything to us”.
“Together – and only together – can we move things forward.”
Spurs now sit fifth in the Premier League with 53 points, six points behind Manchester United in fourth and Newcastle in third.