Mauricio Pochettino set to take reins at Tottenham
Advanced talks are underway between Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino and Tottenham Hotspur representatives in a bid to find a replacement for former manager Tim Sherwood.
May 27th, 2014
Sherwood’s dismissal came a full year earlier than expected after Spurs chairman Daniel Levy exercised his contractual option to dismiss the former Spurs midfielder six months into an 18-month contract.
Pochettino has one year left on his contract at a resurgent Southampton but has reportedly decided to seek his Premier League fame elsewhere after failing to receive assurances from the club.
The Argentine is adamant that the Saints should retain the services of their best players and try to push on from a hugely impressive eighth-place finish this season, but with the vultures circling around stars like captain Adam Lallana and Luke Shaw for big-money moves, Pochettino would find the setup at White Hart Lane more secure.
Spurs are set to enter the Europa League next season in the Play-Off round given both domestic cup winners’ also qualifying for the Champions League. They may not be the first port of call for Europe’s elite players this time around but it is hoped that Pochettino can work the same magical mix of shrewd transfers and youth deployment that has earned World Cup call-ups for a fair few of his squad.
Lallana told BBC Sport how happy he is to be involved at Brazil this time around.
“Four years ago, I was playing in League One and I was watching the World Cup with my mates…If someone had said to me then that I would be participating in the next one, obviously I would have not believed them one bit.”
The 26-year old is currently the subject of a big bid from Premier League runners-up Liverpool.
Spurs on the other hand, have some making up to do for their perceived failure to wisely invest using the massive windfall obtained from selling Gareth Bale to Real Madrid – The Guardian reports that it could cost technical director Franco Baldini his job.