December 21, 2014
Pochettino follows Ardiles' footsteps as new Tottenham boss
Argentine Mauricio Pochettino became Tottenham Hotspur's 10th manager in the last 13 years when he was appointed on a five-year contract today, after leaving Premier League rivals Southampton.
The 42-year-old former international defender takes over from Tim Sherwood who was sacked by Spurs at the end of last season five months after replacing Andre Villas-Boas.
Pochettino, who had managed Southampton since January last year, is the second Argentine to hold the job at Spurs after World Cup winner Ossie Ardiles who was in charge 20 years ago.
His task is to bring back the domestic and European honours Tottenham won when Ardiles and his equally revered compatriot Ricky Villa played for the north London club in the 1980s, and to secure Champions League football.
"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," Spurs chairman Daniel Levy said on the club's official website.
"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."
Pochettino added: "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.