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Football: Tottenham hire Pochettino as new manager

Published on May 28, 2014 6:14 AM
Then-Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino during the English Premier League football match between Southampton and Manchester City at St Mary's stadium in Southampton, Britain on Dec 7, 2013. -- FILE PHOTO: EPA

LONDON (AFP) - Tottenham’s new manager Mauricio Pochettino pledged to fulfil the club’s desire for success with style after being hired on a five-year contract on Tuesday.

Pochettino was tipped to take charge at White Hart Lane following the recent sacking of Tim Sherwood and the Premier League club confirmed they have persuaded the former Argentina defender, who had earned widespread praise during his time as Southampton boss, to quit his post at St Mary’s and move to north London.

Pochettino, who will work under Spurs director of football Franco Baldini, admitted he was delighted to be given the opportunity to manage a club of Tottenham’s stature.

The 42-year-old, Tottenham’s 10th permanent manager in the last 13 years, promised to stay faithful to the club’s philosophy of attacking play, while also achieving their desire to play in the Champions League on a regular basis.

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