It's been almost two weeks since Tottenham Hotspur and chairman Daniel Levy decided to opt out of the final year of Tim Sherwood's contract. Since then rumors have flown about who would be appointed as Tottenham's next manager, but the consistent front runner has been Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino. Now, it's finally official. Pochettino will be Tottenham's newest head coach.
The Club is delighted to announce the appointment of Mauricio Pochettino as our new Head Coach on a five-year contract.— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) May 27, 2014
Pochettino gets a five year deal at Spurs, which is a remarkable showing of confidence in the Argentine who has certainly never managed a club as big as Spurs. For an overview of Pochettino the manager and his tactics, you can take a look at this piece.
Daniel Levy, in a statement on the club website had this to say about the new coach:
"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. 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 himself had this to say about joining Tottenham:
"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."
Pochettino will be joined at the club by a number of his assistants from Southampton. Jesús Pérez will serve as assistant head coach, likely meaning that Steffan Freund will depart. Also, Miguel D'Agostino (First Team Coach) and Toni Jiménez (Goalkeeper Coach) will be joining the Tottenham staff. It is definitely an encouraging sign that Pochettino is the head coach, that means that the rest of the backroom staff, particularly Franco Baldini will be staying in place and it likely means a good deal of continuity despite the change in management.