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Spurs confirm capture of Pochettino, assistants from Southampton

May 27, 2014, 1:12 PM EDT

Pochettino was left with a difficult decision to make, as his closest ally and confidant, Nicola Cortese, walked out on him. Getty Images

Mauricio Pochettino has been one of the big names tipped to leave St. Mary’s for ages, and now the manager is officially headed away from Southampton to become the new boss at Tottenham Hotspur.

It’s a five-year deal for Pochettino, whose name circulated in rumor mills almost as often as talented young players Adam Lallana and Luke Shaw.

From tottenhamhotspur.com:

Commenting on the appointment Chairman Daniel Levy said:

“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.”

Pochettino, 42, guided Southampton to eighth place in the Premier League this season after spending 2009-12 at Espanyol, where he spent the majority of his playing career as well.

Our own Joe Prince-Wright speculated on what a Pochettino-led Spurs unit could and would look like on Monday, and here’s what the boss himself had to say:

“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.”

And he’s keeping the Southampton band together, bringing the staff of four assistants that helped him at both St. Mary’s and Espanyol. The question now becomes whether he’ll be bringing along any of his celebrated young Saints.

Like the hire?

  1. Greg - May 27, 2014 at 1:18 PM

    5 year deal? So that’ll be a 4 or 3 year contract buyout when the time comes…

    No patience at Spurs except for Harry

  2. gloryostrich - May 27, 2014 at 1:48 PM

    Excited about this move for the simple fact he can communicate with Lamela, and possibly get the best out of him.

    • jslip1 - May 27, 2014 at 3:05 PM

      Assuming he can find him.

    • thfc54 - May 28, 2014 at 5:45 PM

      Not sure Lamela is cut out for the PL. Now Erikksen that’s another story.

  3. mdac1012 - May 27, 2014 at 1:48 PM

    This is the best decision Levy has made in a long time. I guess even a blind squirrel gets an acorn every now and then.

    • thfc54 - May 28, 2014 at 5:46 PM

      If the manager gets them in CL next year…that’s all that matters to Levy

  4. thfc54 - May 28, 2014 at 5:44 PM

    If we don’t get to the CL next year the guy has 15 months tops…
    I hope for the best, but “The Chairman” and the board have no patience and don’t understand the word “rebuild”.

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