Who is new Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino?

  • 28 May 2014
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Mauricio Pochettino has been named the new Tottenham manager this week after leaving Southampton, But who is he?

He was appointed Tottenham manager on Tuesday, signing a five-year contract after Tim Sherwood was sacked.

Just 42 years old, Mauricio made a real name for himself last season, leaving Southampton in a strong eighth position in the league.

Mauricio Pochettino's career

  • Mauricio started his football career as a player, playing for 17 years as a central defender at Newell's Old Boys, Espanyol, Paris Saint-Germain and Bordeaux.
  • He was born in Argentina and played 20 times for his country, scoring two goals.
  • His managerial career started in 2009 at Espanyol in Spain's La Liga, and he took them from the relegation zone to tenth in the league that season.
  • He left Espanyol in 2012, and started his Premier League journey in impressive fashion at Southampton, recording some impressive wins against the likes of Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea.
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Image caption Erik Lamela signed for a record £30 million breaking Tottenham's signing fee

What will Pochettino bring to Tottenham?

  • He will try and bring the attacking, pressing football that he brought to Southampton last season.
  • He's known for giving youngsters a chance, which fits into club chairman Daniel Levy's plans.
  • Star striker Erik Lamela hasn't had a dream start after his record £30m transfer: Pochettino will hope his Argentina connection will bring the best out of the most expensive signing in the club's history.