Harry Winks insists Tottenham’s players are completely behind under-pressure boss Mauricio Pochettino and are determined to get through the current “dark times”, says midfielder Harry Winks.

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Pochettino – who guided the club to the Champions League final only five months ago – has had to defend his position, insisting he does not fear the sack.

There are clearly issues at the club, starting with a squad that needs refreshing, but Winks insists the players are still playing for Pochettino.

“He’s our manager. He’s been fantastic ever since he’s been at the club and taken the club to new heights,” Winks said.

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Mauricio Pochettino says his belief in Tottenham is strong despite losing to Brighton, but admits his future is out of his hands

Mauricio Pochettino says his belief in Tottenham is strong despite losing to Brighton, but admits his future is out of his hands

“At the moment we are going through a bit of a rough patch. That happens in football, every club goes through it.

“It’s important we stand up as men and get through these dark times, and hopefully we can get back to playing well and winning as much as we can.

“In the last six years we have come such a long way, we have become a title-challenging side. But we haven’t shown it this season, we have only shown it in parts.

“In certain games we have played really well but for the majority of this season we haven’t shown what we are about.

“It’s important we look back on it and reflect so realise it’s not been good enough, no excuses. The only way we can put it right is back in training and the next match.”

Harry Winks was dejected at the final whistle after the loss to Brighton Harry Winks was dejected at the final whistle after the loss to Brighton Harry Winks was dejected at the final whistle after the loss to Brighton

It has never been as bad under Pochettino as it was at Brighton, where Spurs – not helped by a Hugo Lloris howler in the third minute – put in an abysmal display.

Winks came on at half-time but could not affect the result and apologised to the club’s fans.