Mauricio Pochettino has become Tottenham Hotspur’s new manager on a five year deal after parting ways with Southampton today.
The Argentinian replaces Tim Sherwood who was let go by Spurs at the end of the season.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy welcomed Pochettino’s arrival in a statement on the clubs website;
“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.”
“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 Argentinian joined Southampton in January 2013 following the sacking of popular manager Nigel Adkins. Pochettino was a relative unknown in English football circles, however he had previously managed Espanyol in Spain.
He led the Saints to a respectable mid table finish during his first few months in charge, and followed that up with an impressive full season at the helm in which the south coast club finished eighth.
There had been concerns among Southampton fans that Pochettino might move on this summer after Nicola Cortese was released by the Saints owners in January. Cortese had been Southampton chairman and a key ally of Pochettino.
On top of this, last season’s impressive results have led to interest from larger clubs in some of Southampton’s stars such as Luke Shaw and Adam Lallana, diminishing Southampton’s prospects for next season.
Under Pochettino, the Saints played an attacking style of football with an emphasis on pressing opponents when not in possession of the ball. He’ll be expected to bring the same ideals to an arguably better squad at Spurs.
Fans of the North London club will hope that he can be the manager to get the most out of record signing Erik Lamela. The new manager’s compatriot endured a torrid first season at Spurs due to injury.
Pochettino will be joined at the club by the same back room staff he had with him at Espanyol and Southampton.