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Report: Southampton’s Pochettino at top of Spurs wishlist

Apr 8, 2014, 7:25 AM EDT

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As big English clubs continue to jostle for position in the race to tempt Southampton into selling Adam Lallana and Luke Shaw, it’s easy to forget there’s another big Saints piece in demand: the boss, Mauricio Pochettino.

And a source close to Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy tells the Telegraph that Pochettino has surpassed Dutch coach Louis van Gaal as the No. 1 manager desired if-and-when Tim Sherwood is dismissed this summer.

So much of this entire Spurs ordeal is nutty, especially considering the club is still within striking distance of European football for next season. Tottenham should be relishing its blowout win over Sunderland, but mere moments don’t exist at White Hart Lane (perhaps understandably after the club’s summer spending spree raised expectations to PL title level).

As we wrote last week, there’s very little different happening with Sherwood as boss than Andre Villas-Boas. Perhaps that’s why the desire for another boss has grown for Levy.

From the Telegraph:

Although the Holland manager, Louis van Gaal, is regarded as the favourite to succeed Sherwood, The Telegraph can reveal that Southampton’s Mauricio Pochettino is emerging as an increasingly serious candidate.

Sources close to Levy have even claimed that Pochettino, who is leading Southampton towards an unlikely top eight finish, is now the club’s number one target.

Our own Joe Prince-Wright was at White Hart Lane for Spurs 5-1 win today, and was impressed by Sherwood’s passion in the face of adversity. Perhaps the manager is a bit nuts, but perhaps that makes him the right guy for a tough job? It’s hard to tell if the majority of managers get a real look at success in the “win now or win now-er” world of the Premier League.