Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly closing in on Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino to take over the managerial position vacated by Tim Sherwood.
Tottenham Hotspur were looking for a new manager since the sacking of Tim Sherwood and it was reported that Ajax manager Frank De Boer and Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino were the leading candidates. Two weeks have passed since, as one of them is finally emerging as the favourite to succeed Tim Sherwood.
Southampton manager Maurico Pochettino is highly regarded at St.Mary’s for his attacking brand of football, and the incorporation of youth players in the first team. These features are the primary attributes which Tottenham Chairman Daniel Levy and Technical Director Franco Baldini are looking for in the managerial transfer market. The Argentine has ticked the right boxes and it is reported that he is in talks with the Tottenham think tank to succeed Andre Villas Boas as the permanent manager. Even though Tim Sherwood was given a temporary opportunity, he couldn’t grab the opening as his impressive win percentage was overshadowed by a high number of losses, especially derby defeats.
Southampton Manager Maurico Pochettino at 42-years of age is expected to bring back the free flowing attacking football which was absent in Andre Villas Boas reign. The Argentine has built quite a reputation during his English Premier League days by guiding a youthfully exuberant Southampton team to 8th placed finish. The development of players such as Adam Lallana, Luke Shaw, Jay Rodriguez, Nathaniel Clyne etc. is an indication of Mauricio Pochettino’s abilities in nurturing talented young players . Tottenham Hotspur possess a bunch of youngsters like Ezekiel Fryers, Nabil Bentaleb, Tom Carroll, Alex Pritchard who will be looking forward to the arrival of the dynamic Southampton manager. Mauricio Pochettino took over the Southampton managerial post when their long term vision and plans secured his confidence. The change in management along with the potential departure of Adam Lallana and Luke Shaw in summer might have also played a part in the Mauricio Pochettino’s decision.
“It’s up to the board to discuss with me the new project that will be in place for next season. It’s not up to me to decide when those talks will happen.”
Mauricio Pochettino, has just one year remaining on his Southampton contract. He wasn’t entirely happy with the proceedings since the departure of Chairman Nicolas Cortese and it might become a crucial factor in the coming days.
The lure and appeal of managing a club like Tottenham Hotspur is an attractive proposition, but the short stints the previous incumbents managed at White Hart Lane will be an area of concern for Maurico Pochettino. The fickle nature of some section of the Tottenham Hotspur fans might also be a challenge for the new incumbent. At the moment it looks like Mauricio Pochettino is likely to take over the managerial hot-seat at Tottenham Hotspur. He has the ability and vision to guide the club and fulfil the ambitions of Tottenham Chairman Daniel Levy. Can Mauricio Pochettino grab the Tottenham Hot-seat?