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Mauricio Pochettino Fends Off Chelsea Interest By Signing New Spurs Contract

Mauricio Pochettino has extended his term as Tottenham Hotspur, signing an extension which will keep him at the club until 2023. The Argentine was touted as one of the options Chelsea were considering, as reported here by Sky SportsBut he has quelled all those talks by committing in London for the long-term.

Pochettino joined Spurs from Southampton in the summer of 2014, back then becoming the club’s tenth different manager in 12 years. If progress and stability was what The Lilywhites were looking for, that is exactly what they got. Not only has “Poch” managed to build one of the most exciting and attack-minded sides in the whole of the Premier League, he has also led to them to three back-to-back Top 3 finishes. They have become somewhat of a regular in the Champions League. In terms of days, he has already become Spurs’ longest-serving manager ever in the Premier League era, and recently surpassed 200 games at the helm in all competitions.

He has also built his team in “the right way”. Faced with a comparatively measly budget to the teams around him in the table, Pochettino has integrated youngsters to great effect. The two biggest examples, of course, are Dele Alli and Harry Kane, who are set to be England’s biggest hopes at the upcoming World Cup in Russia. Other players like Christian Eriksen, Son Heung-Min and Erik Lamela have also thrived under his management.

A common criticism of the former Saints boss though, is that he still doesn’t have any silverware to show for his troubles. Spurs haven’t won a trophy since 2008, and have let several golden opportunities slip through their grasp under Pochettino. After being losing finalists in the League Cup in his first season in charge, Tottenham bottled the title race big-time in 2015/16 season, as Leicester City went on to write an incredible tale of victory. In the last two seasons, they have lost in the FA Cup semi-final despite dominating the matches. This is an area that Pochettino will have to address in the near future, as Spurs need to hold on to their best players. If the first trophy comes, the next few could well follow in a hurry. There is no doubt that they have done exceptionally well compared to other big-spending sides like Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool, but nobody is really going to take them seriously on the big-time, until the White Hart Lane trophy cabinet starts filling up.

“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,” said Pochettino after signing the new deal.

“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.”

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