Zee Media Bureau/Dattaraj Thaly
London: Mauricio Pochettino and Tottenham Hotspur have engaged in advanced talks regarding his appointment as the manager at White Hart Lane. The decision is expected to be announced within the next 48 hours by the North London club.
After their failed experiment with Andre Villas-Boas, Spurs appointed Tim Sherwood as caretaker manager. Despite taking over the team during mid-season, Sherwood guided Spurs to sixth place finish. This was interpreted as failure, considering their spending spree at the start of the season, by Daniel Levy, the Spurs chairman, which led to the sacking of Sherwood.
Pochettino has been one of the most impressive managers in the Premier League this season. Southampton`s brand of football has been a refreshing change. Under Pochettino, the team seems to be pressing the play high up the pitch and utilizing the young players with pace to launch devastating counter-attacks.
After taking charge of Southampton in January 2013, the Argentine has guided Southampton to an eighth place finish in the league. Players like Luke Shaw, Adam Lallana and Ricky Lambert have blossomed under Pochettino and have made it to the England squad. Some of these players are bound to make big money moves to the big four of the Premier League.
Pochettino has said he would be deciding on committing his future to the club after he gets an assurance regarding the direction the in which the club would be headed in the long term. Post the departure of Nigel Adkins, the club chairman, rumors of Pochettino`s exit have been doing the rounds for a while.
There is no denying of the quality in the Spurs ranks as was evident with the wonderful start to their 2013-14 campaign. At White Hart Lane, Pochettino will have access to just the kind of players he likes. His track record at Southampton proves that he is likely to be the ideal replacement to Sherwood at Spurs.
After a failed campaign that was launched on the back of a £100?million makeover at Spurs, Daniel Levy will be hoping Pochettino can revive the fortunes of the North London club as that of Southampton. The primary objective of Pochettino will be to bring out the best in every player at the club. If he manages to do that, rest assured, Spurs will be challenging for that fourth place when the new season commences.