Tottenham hires ex-Southampton skipper Mauricio Pochettino as new coach

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

London, England, United Kingdom (4E Sports) – Tottenham Hotspur has signed former Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino to a five-year deal to be its new head coach.

Before signing the deal, Pochettino resigned from Southampton after a 16-month stint at the helm.

“This is a club with tremendous history and prestige and I am honoured to have been given this opportunity to be its head coach,” said Pochettino, who won 23 of his 60 games in charge of the Saints.

“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,” he added.

Pochettino took over at Southampton in January 2013, replacing Nigel Adkins, and made a positive impression during the campaign, leading the club to 14th in the Premier League.

Tottenham recently dismissed Tim Sherwood, who failed to keep his job after succeeding Andre Villas-Boas in December and ending the season in sixth.

“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,” said Spurs chairman Daniel Levy said.

“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,” he added.

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