Tottenham Hotspur have named former Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino as their new head coach. The Argentine, who spent 16 months in charge at Southampton, has signed a five-year contract at White Hart, although the likelihood of him seeing out his contract is slim based on the quick trigger finger of Spurs boss Daniel Levy.
Levy has reportedly told Pochettino that he expects Tottenham to be challenging for the top four and there are believed to be clauses in Pocheto’s deal in case he cannot break into that the Champions League places.
Despite what Levy wants, breaking into that top four is a big ask for Pochettino. If you take the top four from last season, Man City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal and add in the revamped Manchester United, which two will Spurs finish above?
Pochettino, who was always the favorite to get the Spurs job, despite winning only 23 of his 60 games in charge of the Saints, told Tottenham’s official website:
“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.”
Tottenham fans will get an early look at the Pochettino era as Tottenham are due to tour the US this summer, where they will play three games:
Spurs 2014 North American Tour Fixtures
July 19: Seattle Sounders v Tottenham Hotspur – Buy Seattle Sounders v Spurs Tickets
July 23: Toronto FC v Tottenham Hotspur – Buy TFC V Spurs Tickets
July 26: Chicago Fire v Tottenham Hotspur – Buy Chicago Fire v Spurs Tickets