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Matt Le Tissier warns Mauricio Pochettino against taking Tottenham job

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Matt Le Tissier has advised Mauricio Pochettino against taking the Tottenham Hotspur job, and suggested that the Argentine manager might be better off staying at Southampton.

The Saints legend - who spent his entire professional career on the south coast - pointed to the high turnover of top bosses under the tutelage of Spurs chairman Daniel Levy, and warned the 42-year-old tactician that failure to hit the ground running at White Hart Lane could result in his reputation being quickly tarnished.

Pochettino has been credited with instilling an exciting brand of attacking football at St Mary's with a growing contingent of young English players, and has received widespread praise for his emphasis placed on the development of up and coming talent with the help of Southampton's esteemed academy.

"He has done a cracking job for Southampton," enthused Le Tissier, speaking at Wentworth during the celebrity Pro-Am earlier this week, ahead of the BMW PGA Championship. "If Spurs feel he is the right man for them then I am sure he will accept the job.

"But if I was in his position I might look at the amount of managers Spurs have gone through in the last couple of years and have a second look at it."

The former Espanyol head coach was relatively unknown when he first arrived in England as a controversial replacement for Southampton fans' favourite Nigel Adkins in January 2013. However, his status has grown significantly over the past 15 months, having guided Saints to an eighth place finish in the Premier League in 2013/14.

And, with just over one year remaining on the two-and-a-half-year contract he initially signed, there has been speculation that Pochettino could depart this summer, with Spurs the favourites to secure his signature following the recent sacking of Tim Sherwood.

But, Le Tissier thinks the South American should approach Tottenham with caution, and made reference to the sorry situation that former Manchester United manager David Moyes finds himself in, after he was sacked by the Red Devils in April just 10 months into his tenure at a new job earned following years of overachievement with Everton.

"Sometimes the grass isn't always greener on the other side," he explained. "You can look at David Moyes for example. Had a terrific reputation at Everton but in the space of nine months it's been trashed.

"You have to sometimes be carful about your next move and sometimes staying put and making a team better is not a bad option."

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