The wait is over and Tottenham have appointed the Argentinian, Mauricio Pochettino as their new manager. This morning’s media speculation has been proved correct with Pochettino leaving Southampton to take over at White Hart Lane.
Pochettino has impressed at Southampton since taking over 18 months ago, taking them to 8th place in the Premier League. His team played a stylish brand of football and Tottenham will be hoping that he can reproduce a similar style with Spurs.
The appointment will allow preparations for next season to proceed and will remove the uncertainty as players waited for a decision on who would be in charge of team affairs next season. It will be a busy summer for Pochettino as he gets his staff in place and makes decisions on the composition of his squad, hoping to retain the services of the top players, many of whom are currently preparing for the World Cup Finals. Any discussions with these players will have to be delayed until after the finals.
The appointment of Pochettino could be good news for Erik Lamela as the presence of his fellow countryman might enable him to adjust to the the demands of the Premier League.
Pochettino needs the full backing of Daniel Levy both financially in terms of strengthening the team but also in terms of time to work with the players and build a team. Too often with Tottenham, as soon as something goes wrong, there is pressure on the manager and he’s on his way. The players also have a responsibility to ensure the manager has their full support while the fans will also need to show patience as the new manager puts his ideas across to the team.