Football: Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino signs new five-year contract

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino guided Spurs to fifth in the Premier League during his first season at White Hart Lane and has finished in the top three in the campaigns that followed.
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino guided Spurs to fifth in the Premier League during his first season at White Hart Lane and has finished in the top three in the campaigns that followed.PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has signed a new five-year contract until 2023, the club announced on Thursday (May 24).

The former Argentina international joined the north London side in 2014. His previous deal was until 2021.

He guided Spurs to fifth in the Premier League during his first season at White Hart Lane and has finished in the top three in the campaigns that followed.

Spurs were third in the recently-concluded season with 77 points, 23 behind champions Manchester City.

They reached the round of 16 in the Champions League, losing 4-3 on aggregate to Juventus.

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy said: "I am delighted that we have agreed a new, extended contract with Mauricio. We have been on an extraordinary journey and the times ahead look even more exciting as the club enters the next phase in its history.

"Mauricio has fostered an incredible spirit in the team and has embraced a style of play our fans have loved watching. I know they will welcome this commitment by Mauricio."

The 46-year-old Pochettino said: "I am honoured to have signed a new long-term contract as we approach one of the most significant periods in the club's history and be the manager that will lead this team into our new world-class stadium.

"This is just one of the factors that makes this one of the most exciting jobs in world football and we are already making plans to ensure we continue to build on the great work that everyone has contributed to over the past four years.

"Daniel and I have spoken at length about our aspirations for this football club. We both share the same philosophies to achieve long-term, sustainable success.

"This is a special club - we always strive to be creative in the way we work both on and off the pitch and will continue to stick to our principles in order to achieve the success this Club deserves."