Tottenham Hotspur Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of May 19
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Former Southampton chairman Nicola Cortese has warned Mauricio Pochettino of the perils of ascending too quickly.
"Often we have maybe seen people take too quick a step which ultimately backfires," Cortese said, per Ben Smith at BBC Sport. "He [Pochettino] is a young manager. He has plenty of time to have a great career."
Southampton owner Katharina Liebherr is holding contingency talks over the possibility of manager Mauricio Pochettino leaving for the vacant Tottenham Hotspur job.
Pochettino is the favourite to replace Tim Sherwood as head coach at White Hart Lane and Spurs are keen to hold talks with him. [Southampton] club officials discussed how to approach the situation regarding Pochettino.
Pochettino guided Southampton to eighth place in the Premier League.
Results were solid, but it is his ability to develop players and take them to the next level which will appeal to Spurs chairman Daniel Levy.
Pochettino oversaw the growth of Southampton central attacking midfielder Adam Lallana, centre-back Dejan Lovren, left attacking midfielder Jay Rodriguez and left-back Luke Shaw.
Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Tim Sherwood feels let down by the broken promises of Spurs management.
"I wouldn't do it if I knew it was a five-month job," Sherwood said, per Sky Sports. "I'm not bitter about it. I'm sure they want a whole package. Obviously it's not only based on results because the results were there."
It is admirable of Sherwood to admit he was not the "whole package"—essentially revealing he lacked the tactical nous of an elite manager.
He was given an 18-month contract, but he was just a stopgap. Spurs chairman Daniel Levy was always chasing a bigger name.
No wonder the "silence was deafening."
Tottenham Hotspur central midfielder Paulinho will not throw in the towel.
Per FourFourTwo, he said:
I know how to handle my career and it'll take more than just one bad moment before I reconsider my options. If you take a look, I was on the field in more than half of the games if you consider the Europa League and the cups.
Going by Paulinho's words, this rules out a potential summer transfer away from Spurs.
Paulinho wasn't even the best Paulinho in Europe—Livorno centre-forward Paulinho scored 15 goals in Serie A.
It was a character-testing season for the 25-year-old, but he has the ability to bounce back and justify his £17 million price tag next season.
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