28 May 2014

Spurs name Pochettino as manager

5:46 am on 28 May 2014

Argentine Mauricio Pochettino has been appointed Tottenham Hotspur head coach on a five-year contract.

Pochettino leaves Premier League rivals Southampton where he has been in charge since January last year.

42-year-old Pochettino, a former international defender, is taking over from Tim Sherwood who was sacked by Spurs at the end of last season only five months after replacing Andre Villas-Boas.

He becomes Tottenham's 10th manager under chairman Daniel Levy since 2001 and reportedly landed the job ahead of Ajax Amsterdam manager Frank de Boer.

Spurs finished sixth last season and qualified for the Europa League while Southampton were eighth, an improvement of six places after Pochettino took them to 14th spot in 2013.