|Intriguing: Pochettino has joined Spurs on a 5-year contract deal, to become their new manager|
Spurs have confirmed to the media that they have signed a five-year contract deal with Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino, who will therefore become their boss from the start of next season as they look to qualify for the Champions League and win some silverware in the upcoming years.
Pochettino will earn an estimated £3.5million pounds-a-year as part of his contract.
Chairman Daniel Levy said that his work with young English players at Southampton was key to the choice of appointing him.
Levy said: "We have a man who knows the right balance between experienced and youth - in the new world of financial fair play, that's very important. Now the hard work starts," he told Sky Sports.
Meanwhile Pochettino had this to say: "This is a club with tremendous history and prestige and I'm honoured to have been giving this opportunity. There is an abundance of top-class talent and I can't wait to start work."
It is certainly a signal of intent from Tottenham, who are desperate for silverware and a chance to challenge at the top of the table in the title battle; which has eluded them in recent years. This season just gone has to have been seen as a failure for the club, based on the vast amount of money that was spent in the transfer window, which was not spent properly.
- He will be under increasing pressure to succeed, and win the club their first trophy since Juande Ramos against Chelsea in 2008
- He will be expected to meet targets, which may be un-realistic based on what he has achieved in the last 18 months with Southampton
- He does speak English in public, which is a boost for the English-speaking players for Spurs who would otherwise have communication problems
- He could be expected to try and attempt to sign players from his former club Southampton, like Clyne, Rodriguez and Schneiderlin - which could cause controversy and also help Spurs in the long-run
- Tottenham as a club have started to get a negative reputation with managers, if they do not perform well in their first season then they are generally expected to get fired - Pochettino could have the same fate unless he gets the players' backing quickly and gets them playing good football
- FACT: Pochettino has become Tottenham's tenth manager in the space of 13 years. Will he be a success though?
- He has done well to help nurture the likes of Shaw, Ward-Prowse and Chambers for Southampton, so will be expected to emulate this for the London club and get the best out of players such as Lamela and Soldado who have not exactly hit the ground running as it were
- This move could make him an even more successful manager though; playing well in the Europa League and a top 4 finish would be great for him next season