Tuesday 27 May 2014
Tottenham Hotspur have announced the appointment of Mauricio Pochettino as their new head coach on a five-year contract.
Pochettino, 42, takes over from Tim Sherwood and joins after resigning from Southampton, where he led them to eighth place last season, the club’s highest finish in the Barclays Premier League.
"We have a talented squad that Mauricio is excited to be coaching next season"
"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. “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 said he was honoured to be given the opportunity to be head coach at a club “with tremendous history and prestige”.
"There is an abundance of top-class talent at the Club and I am looking forward to starting work with the squad,” Pochettino said. "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."
From Southampton, Pochettino will bring with him to White Hart Lane Jesus Perez (assistant head coach), Miguel D'Agostino (first-team coach) and Toni Jimenez (goalkeeper coach).
"We are determined to give the supporters the kind of attacking football and success that we are all looking to achieve"
In a statement, Southampton chairman Ralph Krueger said the club would begin a search for a “high-calibre” replacement.
“The Club has been on a constant path of growth since the arrival of Markus Liebherr in 2009,” Krueger said. "This growth took place before Mauricio came, it continued strongly under his leadership, and it will continue into the next season. The Board’s job is to find opportunity in this challenge and to continue to move the Club forward.
“We have begun the search for a new high-calibre manager. We will be looking for a manager that shares our values, our principles and our philosophy; a manager who can continue to grow the First Team and build on our strong foundation – a foundation led by an ambitious vision and plan that continues to build on our world-class academy, our amazing 129-year heritage and our excellent staff, and rewards our loyal and passionate fan base.”