Tottenham appoint Southampton coach, Pochettino

Tottenham have confirmed the appointment of Mauricio Pochettino as their new head coach.

The Argentine resigned from his post at Southampton, where he has drawn admirers for free-flowing football and bringing through young English talent.

Pochettino has been given a five-year deal at White Hart Lane by Spurs chairman Daniel Levy, replacing the axed Tim Sherwood.

New role: Mauricio Pochettino is the new manager of Tottenham Hotspur after signing a five-year deal

Axed: Tim Sherwood left Tottenham at the end of the season, with Daniel Levy not happy with results

Assistant First Team Manager Jesús Pérez, First Team Coach Miguel D’Agostino and First Team Goalkeeping Coach Toni Jiménez have joined Pochettino in departing St Mary’s, though it is believed his translator will stay at the club.

Levy revealed via a statement on the  club website  that the attacking football Pochettino brings was a huge factor in his appointment.

‘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,’ the statement read. ‘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.’

Speaking on his appointment, Mauricio Pochettino said: ‘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 also had a message for Saints fans: ‘We have been on an incredible journey and enjoyed some great experiences. I will always have fond memories of my time at St mary’s and wish everybody the very best for the future. I hope the team can continue to prosper.’

1972: March 2 – Born in Murphy, Santa Fe, Argentina

1989: Begins his senior playing career at Newell’s Old Boys.

1994: Moves to Europe where he joins Spanish club Espanyol.

1998: Make his Argentina debut, going on to earn 20 caps.

2000: May 27 – Helps Espanyol to the Copa del Rey title with a 2-1 win over Valencia.

2001: Joins Paris St Germain.
2002: June 7 – Gives away the penalty to hand England a 1-0 win over Argentina during the group stage of the World Cup.

2003: Moves to Bordeaux.
2004: Returns to Espanyol.
2006: April 12 – Helps Espanyol to the Copa del Rey title with a 4-1 win over Real Zaragoza.

June 8 – Retires from football after rescinding the final year of his contract at Espanyol. He made 276 league appearances and scored 13 goals for the Catalan club.

2009: January 20 – Named as Espanyol coach with the club in the drop zone. Guides them to 10th in the Primera Division by the end of the season.

2010: May – Espanyol finish 11th in his first full year in charge.

2011: May – Espanyol finish eighth in La Liga – a place outside the European places.

2012: May – Avoids relegation by five points as Espanyol finish 14th.

November 26 – Sacked as Espanyol manager with the club bottom of the La Liga table.

2013: January 18 – Named Southampton manager just two days after Nigel Adkins led the club to a 2-2 draw at European champions Chelsea.

May – Southampton finish 14th in the Premier League after impressive wins over Chelsea and Manchester City.

2014 – Saints finish eighth after another good season which sees Pochettino’s stock rise.

May 27 – Appointed Tottenham head coach on a five-year contract after Southampton accept his resignation.

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