Breaking news this morning! One day after Christian Eriksen verbally agreed to a contract extension at Tottenham Hotspur contingent on Mauricio Pochettino staying at Spurs, the Argentine manager has reportedly verbally agreed to a new five year deal that will keep him at White Hart Lane until 2021. Sky Sports journalist Lyall Thomas broke the news on Twitter, and Ben Reynolds has the write-up.
This is excellent, excellent news for Tottenham Hotspur. Despite numerous reports that Jose Mourinho is in line to take over for Louis Van Gaal at Manchester United, rumors persist that Pochettino was high on the "want list" for the higher ups at Old Trafford, and there was panic among some sections of Spurs' fan base after he gave quotes to a French radio station about his desire to some day manage PSG. This would seem to put those rumors to bed. Sky is reporting that Poche and Spurs chairman Daniel Levy have been in negotiations for "several months" before agreeing on a new deal this week.
In the short time that he's been at Spurs, Pochettino has succeeded beyond supporters' wildest expectations. While his first season was at times difficult as he implemented his tactical system and transitioned the team from Andre Villas-Boas' squad, this year the team has become one of the best teams in the Premier League. Poche's players have fully bought into his system, and reports are gushing out of White Hart Lane about the excellent team spirit within the squad.
Moreover, Pochettino's decision to stay suggests that he has built a platform for continued success at Tottenham, and that this year's title challenge is not a blip, but a sign of things to come at White Hart Lane. Tottenham have an extremely talented young team, are in beginning stages of building a new 60,000 seat stadium, and the optimism surrounding Tottenham Hotspur is infectious. In short, Poche is happy, and we should be too.
#thfc Pochettino: "The staff, the supporters are unbelievable. I think there’s massive potential. Why not stay here?"— Ben Pearce (@BenPearceSpurs) April 29, 2016
A verbal agreement isn't the same thing as a signed contract, but Poche has indicated he'll sign in the next few days. IT'S A GREAT DAY TO BE A TOTTENHAM FAN!