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Mauricio Pochettino risks reputation by joining Tottenham

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It would seem that Mauricio Pochettino was top of the list of managers to take charge at White Hart Lane, as Tottenham acted swiftly after sacking Tim Sherwood.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy made it no secret in his desire to capture the former-Southampton manager, and even offered him an uncharacteristically lengthy and lucrative five-year-contract.

There has been much speculation about the Argentine since he made it publicly clear he was uncertain over the direction the new Saints board was taking the club. However, Spurs may not be the right way for the Argentine boss to go. 

This is nothing against Tottenham, but they and more in particular, Levy, are at a pivotal moment regarding the future direction of the club. What they need right now is a manager who can take them forward for the next few years.

Ever since Pochettino, 42, controversially replaced Nigel Adkins at Southampton in January 2013, he has surprised a lot of people by installing sumptuous football at St Mary's and producing a flurry of great results. All of which have led the Saints to an eighth-place finish.

So there is no doubt he has done a marvelous job at St. Mary's but what is certain, is that Pochettino is still young and very much inexperienced. The Argentine has never won a trophy or managed a top club, which begs to question why Levy would want him at the helm?

The fact of the matter is, Pochettino really does have his work cut out by not only making this new batch of Spurs players gel, but to also challenge the big boys at the top. He will yet again have to prove himself, much like he did at St.Mary's, that he is worthy of the position despite his lack of experience and success. 

There will be no prizes for guessing that Pochettino's attractive style of play and ability to get the best of of his players has led him to his new appointment. However, his tactics and style resemble that of former Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas, and we all know what happened to him after a certain Gareth Bale left.

The five-year deal Pochettino has been handed may be quite ironic as many would argue that Levy is a very shrewd businessman who doesn't appear to have much patience with managers. After all, he did sack Harry Redknapp - the only man to deliver Champions League football to the club. 

Levy and the board made it perfectly clear that they were not going to pursue anybody who was unemployed, which initially lead to strong reports that the Spurs were chasing highly rated Ajax manager Frank De Boer.

This made much more sense and would have been a better suit as the Dutchman has won league titles in Holland, as well as managing the national team. This, for whatever reason, did not pan out the way Levy had hoped. 

Nevertheless, the job is now Pochettino's and he might well go on deliver glory, but if he is struggles, he will do well to still be in a job by December next season. That would be a crying shame but isn't that just the nature of football these days.

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