Mauricio Pochettino announced as new Tottenham Hotspur manager
Tottenham Hotspur have today announced that Mauricio Pochettino is the new manager of the club and the Argentine will leave Southampton with immediate effect.
Spurs have been chasing the former Argentina international ever since they dispensed of Tim Sherwood’s services recently after a turbulent season, which also saw Andre Villas-Boas sacked by the club in December.
Pochettino has been Daniel Levy’s number one target for a number of weeks and reports broke out earlier this week that Pochettino would be joining the club within days.
That has now come to fruition and the club have announced that Pochettino has joined the north London outfit on a five-year-deal.
The Club is delighted to announce the appointment of Mauricio Pochettino as our new Head Coach on a five-year contract.— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) May 27, 2014
Pochettino took over at Southampton from Nigel Adkins in January 2013, a move which was initially met with displeasure after Pochettino’s predecessors’ work at the club. However, within months Pochettino’s attractive brand of football, coupled with the clubs results on the field, won over many of the Saints faithful and neutrals in the Premier League.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy stated:
“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. 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.”
Speaking on his appointment, Mauricio Pochettino said:
“This is a Club with tremendous history and prestige and I am honoured to have been given this opportunity to be its Head Coach.
“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.”
The 42-year-old’s departure could be followed by the likes of Nathaniel Clyne, Morgan Schneiderlin, Adam Lallana, Calum Chambers and Luke Shaw, who have all been linked with moves away.