Mauricio Pochettino has poured cold water on rumours linking him to a move away from Tottenham Hotspur in his recent round of interviews, with the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea said to be potential suitors. On the subject, Pochettino has stated: “My focus is here, trying to achieve success with Tottenham and working hard.
Pochettino has developed a reputation for nurturing homegrown talent such as Spurs star Harry Kane.
“I think I’ve explained in the last press conference, I always work for the present and for the future. I am very happy here.
“After 18 months we have created a very good group and we’ve set a very good basis to get success in the future. I am very happy. My job is to be focused on my job and not hear rumours, only to be focused on my job – this is the most important thing.”
Having taken over from Nigel Adkins at Southampton, the manager has carved out a reputation as a man willing to put complete and utter trust into young players and has perfectly married this with an attractive high-tempo game.
The manager’s ability to encourage and develop young players has been heralded across the length and breadth of the country and will certainly have picked up the ears of many chairmen, especially when one considers the commercial revenue that the sales of players such as Luke Shaw and Calum Chambers has brought to Southampton.
Luke Shaw moved to Manchester United for £30m in 2014
Pochettino has developed the team at Tottenham Hotspur from an ill-balanced, underperforming squad into a finely tuned operation that has perfectly coupled an experienced defensive bedrock with a host of vibrant flair players. Despite a minimal outlay on players, Tottenham must now be considered a team that are within striking distance of being considered serious title contenders.
The only cause for concern could be the manager’s readiness to resign from his post at Southampton in order to take on the opportunity presented to him at Spurs. It will be Daniel Levy’s duty to prove that the direction of the club, such as the development of a new stadium, can be the home for him to fulfil his own career ambitions.
Written by Joe Thomas
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