Tottenham Hotspur have officially named Mauricio Pochettino as their new manager, the Argentine who takes over from Southampton in the summer. There were earlier reports that the 42 year old was pictured at Spurs’ training ground and there were enough evidence that he would take over from Tim Sherwood at White Hart Lane.
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 has seen over an extraordinary season for Southampton with the south coast cub playing attacking football with home grown players being at the centre of the manager’s philosophy. The Saints finished eighth in the table with 56 points, eight points behind Manchester United in seventh place.
An official statement from club 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.”
Pochettino sounded confident but acknowledged that he has a job on his hands.
“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.”
Pochettino will be joined by several other backroom staff Jesús Pérez (Assistant Head Coach), Miguel D’Agostino (First Team Coach) and Toni Jiménez (Goalkeeper Coach) with whom he previously worked at both Southampton and Espanyol.