Pochettino named Tottenham head coach

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Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Spurs have appointed Mauricio Pochettino as manager on a five-year deal following his resignation from Southampton.

The former Argentina international’s stock has risen markedly since his controversial appointment at St Mary’s in January 2013.

Having arrived in English football a relative unknown, former Espanyol boss Pochettino’s possession-based, attacking game and focus on home-grown talent has impressed, as have his on-field results.

Saints managed their best-ever Barclays Premier League finish last season but, after months of speculation, will be now looking for a new manager after Pochettino signed a deal until 2019 to succeed Tim Sherwood in north London.

“This is a club with tremendous history and prestige and I am honoured to have been given this opportunity to be its head coach,” Pochettino told Tottenham’s official website, www.tottenhamhotspur.com.

“There is an abundance of top-class talent at the club and I am looking forward to starting work with the squad.

“Tottenham Hotspur has a huge following across the world and I have great admiration for the passion the fans show for this team.

“We are determined to give the supporters the kind of attacking football and success that we are all looking to achieve.”

Pochettino had a year remaining on his deal at St Mary’s and has taken with him assistant manager Jesus Perez, first-team coach Miguel D’Agostino and goalkeeping coach Toni Jimenez.

It is unclear what those appointments mean for Spurs’ existing backroom team, while there have been reports questioning the future of technical director Franco Baldini.

What is certain, though, is that Pochettino will be charged with securing Spurs a top-four finish by ambitious chairman Daniel Levy after a disappointing campaign, in which a flurry of summer signings failed to gel.

“In Mauricio I believe we have a head coach who, with his high energy, attacking football, will embrace the style of play we associate with our club,” Levy said.

“He has a proven ability to develop each player as an individual, whilst building great team spirit and a winning mentality.

“We have a talented squad that Mauricio is excited to be coaching next season.”

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6 COMMENTS

  1. Well Poch it is all i can say is proove us wrong and as far as Levy’s concerned this may be last chance saloon us fans arn’t going to take much more of this

  2. This is a total disaster. With a win rate 9% less then Nigel Atkins what is Levy thinking of. We have zero chance of a top 4 finish, and believe me we will finish miles behind the big 5. gutted beyond belief.

  3. I am going to hold judgement on this one. I can't say he would have been my first choice but let's see who he brings in, who he ships out and see if he can get the best out of whoever is left…. and we all know there's lots of improving needed there.

  4. F*cking awful appointment, Levy I hope you die in agony you have ruined my club and I won't be back until you go Daniel, 42 years of shit and you continue to disappoint us season after season, I only hope at some stage I can see spurs win a title before I die, 42 years of travelling all over Europe and Britain and that is me done, well and truly Gutted !

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