Tottenham Hotspur have announced the appointment of Mauricio Pochettino as their new manager. The 42-year-old, who was recently in charge of Southampton, has been handed a five-year deal. He comes to the helm as the tenth Tottenham manager since 2001.
“This is a club with tremendous history and prestige and I am honoured to have been given this opportunity to be its head coach,” Pochettino told the Spurs website.
Pochettino has instantly looked to stamp his authority on Spurs by bringing his own backroom staff in. Assistant Jesus Perez, first team coach Miguel D’Agostino and goalkeeping coach Toni Jimenez have also left Southampton to join him at White Hart Lane.
Patience will be needed when it comes to Pochettino, his task of breaking into the top four is arguably at its hardest in Premier League history with seven clubs battling for a place in the Champions League. With signings from last season still yet to gel into the team, the Argentine has huge job on his hands.
Speaking to the BBC, 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.”
It will certainly be interesting to see whether he can replicate his formula from Southampton. He has all the attributes to be a great Tottenham manager in the way he has been able to get the very best out of players. Tottenham do have the basis of good squad with a few players that fell short of their potential last season.
None more so than Erik Lamela, the young Argentine was out of his depth for much of last season and he seemed nervous in Premier League football. If Pochettino can support his compatriot, Spurs could have themselves one of the most talented young footballers in the world.
It is believed Pochettino will be given £50m to spend on new signings over the summer. The former Espanyol coach will have to be wise with the money and he will be looking to avoid the mistakes made by Andre Villas-Boas in last season’s transfer market.
He may have his hands tied in some ways with technical director Franco Baldini in charge of the player recruitment. Pochettino should be given more of say than Boas was last season given the way the club was embarrassed by the whole fiasco.
Another bad transfer window and Tottenham could be back at square one looking for their eleventh manger since 2001. If they get it right, they could be targeting a league title in a few years time. That’s how important this summer’s transfer window is for Tottenham.
The first target for Pochettino should be to win a domestic cup. The FA Cup and League Cup are an excellent way to get the fans onside and to bring some belief to the club. Looking at the way Manchester City have grown since they won the FA Cup in 2011, it shows that despite their negative press at times, the domestic cups still hold their relevance and worth.