Pochettino has been linked with the role at Spurs for some time and it appears the wheels are now in motion for the Argentine to succeed Tim Sherwood. Sherwood, who had been appointed as a replacement for Andre Villas-Boas in December on an 18-month contract, was sacked earlier this month after guiding Tottenham to a sixth-place finish in the Premier League.
Pochettino's Southampton side finished in eighth and earned positive reviews for bringing an entertaining style to a young fresh team. However, the team risks losing a number of their stars in the summer with Adam Lallana, Luke Shaw and Dejan Lovren all heavily linked with moves away from the club.
Pochettino has proved himself a very capable Premier League manager since joining the Saints in January 2013. The style of play that he has implemented at the south coast club – a high press with quick breaks - broadly suits the players that will likely be at his disposal should he become the next Tottenham manager. Pochettino’s departure from Southampton is thought to be linked to the club’s willingness to sell many of its prized assets this summer – so the question must be asked, why elect to go to a club like Tottenham, who are renowned for doing the same?
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT
Tottenham are set to offer the former Espanyol coach a three-year, £9 million deal in the next 48 hours after they agreed to pay Southampton the £2 million in compensation required to break his contract at the south coast club. He will become Tottenham’s 10th manager in 13 years, and his remit will be to guide the club into the Champions League whilst rehabilitating the careers of big money signings Roberto Soldado and Erik Lamela.
WHAT THE MEDIA SAID
Sam Wallace (Independent): Pochettino led Southampton to an eighth-placed finish last season, although he was beaten home and away by Sherwood, including the latter’s first league game in charge in December. While the Argentine has drawn praise for the way in which he has handled the young players at the club, there have been doubts over his dealings with some of the more senior professionals, including record signing Dani Osvaldo who was sent out on loan to Juventus in January.
Jacob Steinberg (Guardian):Tottenham will hope that Pochettino can offer them stability after a chaotic season in which they fell below expectations after they lost Gareth Bale to Real Madrid and spent £107m on seven players last summer. Andre Villas-Boas was fired in December after the team’s form deteriorated badly and he was replaced by Sherwood, who was given an 18-month contract. However despite finishing sixth, poor performances against the top sides and an outspoken style led to Sherwood losing his job.
WHAT THE FANS SAID
In fact So'ton took the lead at St. Mary's and still lost to Sherwood's Spurs. Surely we can do better than Pochettino #THFC
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