Tottenham Hotspur has appointed Mauricio Pochettino as its head coach on a 5-year deal.
The former Southampton manager had been linked with the Spurs job for weeks, along with fellow front runners Frank de Boer and Rafael Benitez. Pochettino will be the 11th managerial appointment in 15 seasons by Spurs chairman Daniel Levy.
Pochettino replaces Tim Sherwood who was relieved of his duties after 26 games in charge when the club used a ‘break clause’ in the rookie manager’s 18-month contract.
Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy commented on Pochettino’s appointment by saying: “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. 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.”
Mauricio Pochettino reaction to becoming Tottenham’s new head coach: “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.”
Pochettino has appointed Jesús Pérez as his assistant coach, Miguel D’Agostino as first team coach and Toni Jiménez as goalkeeper coach. All three have previously worked with Pochettino at both Southampton and Espanyol.
Pochettino joined Southampton in January 2013 after the club sacked Nigel Adkins. In his first season Pochettino guided the Saints to safety with a 14th place finish in the Premier League. This season Southampton finished 8th, inspired by their crop of fine young English players, such as Adam Lallana, Luke Shaw and Jay Rodriguez.
Pochettino made his managerial debut at La Liga outfit Espanyol in 2009. He was sacked in his fifth season at the club, when the club was dangling at the bottom of the league with only 9 points from 13 matches.
Pochettino has been in charge of Southampton for 60 games, winning 23 (40%) , drawing 18 (30%) and losing 19 games (30%). During his tenure Southampton scored 87 goals, whilst conceding 73.