Sunday's showdown between Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton is not going to be a battle between two managers contesting for the White Hart Lane hotseat, that is the view of Saints boss Mauricio Pochettino. 

Current Spurs boss Tim Sherwood has struggled since taking over from Andre Villas-Boas last year and could be moved-on in the summer.

A number of managers have been tipped to replace Sherwood, including Pochettino, who, is out of contract next year.

Any talk of a move, however, has been cooled by the highly rated 42-year-old: "Rumours are normal in football and it does not affect me at all." 

"When I was at Espanyol I was linked with other clubs and nothing came of those rumours. Now the same thing is happening at Southampton.

"My priority is to do as well as we can until the end of the season. It is not something that is ever going to become a distraction for me."

The Argentine boss has worked wonders on the South Coast outfit in what is his first job in the Premier League after he took over from Nigel Adkins last season.

Espanyol's former gaffer guided the Saints to Premier League safety last year and has now lifted his side to eighth in the table, they remain outsiders for a place in Europe.

Southampton's neat style of football under Pochettino has alerted Spurs who have fallen off the pace in the race for a top-four finish.

In fact it's been a season of disappointment for the north London club who spent around £100 million on new players following the word record sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid. 

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