On the 27th May 2014, it was confirmed that Tottenham had signed a 5 year deal with Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino to become the new Spurs head coach.
The appointment sparked mixed reviews however for the first time in as long as I can remember, I saw a moderately happy Tottenham Twitter community. Pochettino brings the unique blend of risk and excitement, with the work achieved at St Mary’s something to not go unnoticed. The Argentinian has worked and acquired close relationships with some of the best in the game, including Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola, with his time at Espanyol the beginning of his rise through management.
As a player, Pochettino was moderately famous. His double spell at Espanyol (a club he would go on to manage), a period at Bordeaux and his most substantial move to PSG are all of considerable merit, and of course his escapades with Argentina against England are partly to blame for his fame in the United Kingdom.
Perhaps the biggest compliment paid to the new Tottenham man is the reception he has received since leaving the Saints. They clearly didn’t want him to go, and that could tell us everything we need to know about our new man.
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy told the official club website: “He has a proven ability to develop each player as an individual, whilst building great team spirit and a winning mentality. In Mauricio we have Coach who, with high energy, attacking football, will embrace style of play we associate with our Club.”
Pochettino himself said to the official website: “Tottenham Hotspur has a huge following across the world and I have great admiration for passion the fans show for this team. There is an abundance of top-class talent at the Club and I am looking forward to starting work with the squad.”
The summer ahead sparks great excitement, with the distraction of the World Cup enough to send us Spurs fans into a delirious state. Pochettino will want to bring in his ‘own players’, whether that be from Southampton or those he has longed after for some time. I personally would love to see some of the big hitters from the Saints join ourselves, including Lallana and Shaw however this is indeed a tall order considering the admirers they have acquired.
The future is bright, the future is LilyWhite.