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Report: Mauricio Pochettino negotiating personal terms with Tottenham

May 16, 2014, 7:28 PM EST

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According to Italian reporter Gianluca di Marzio, Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino is in talks with Tottenham to become the next manager at White Hart Lane.

For a long while it was assumed that Ajax manager Frank de Boer would take the reigns, as the Dutchman was very outspoken in his jockeying for the Spurs job.

However, with Tim Sherwood still officially in charge, reports flew that Spurs chairman Daniel Levy was angry with de Boer’s public revelations of the club’s pursuit of his services.

Likely receiving news of these developments and making an attempt not to burn bridges at home, de Boer stated today that he “wants to stay at Ajax” and is looking to “aim higher next season.”

According to di Marzio, Pochettino “reflects the ideal profile sought by Spurs” and that the club is impressed by the Argentine’s “quality of play and management of relationships.”  In addition, a bonus to landing Pochettino could be a leg up on the race for many of Southampton’s young players like Luke Shaw or Adam Lallana.

It has been rumored that those youngsters could be pursuing European play, and with Spurs in the Europa League, they could be persuaded to follow their former manager to his next club.

Spurs have to get this one right, considering they have failed miserably to secure any kind of consistency at the managerial position ever since the departure of Harry Redknapp. Villas Boas lasted a year and a half, but never truly won over the fans or got the full backing of management, and Tim Sherwood never had a real shot at the permanent job.

No Spurs manager has lasted longer than Redknapp’s three-and-a-half years since Keith Burkinshaw’s tenure from 1976-1984.

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