Tottenham Hotspur are set to appoint Mauricio Pochettino as their new manager, according to widespread reports on Tuesday.
The current Southampton boss is said to have been offered a three-year deal by the North London outfit, with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy having reportedly made the Argentinian his primary managerial target this summer.
According to John Cross in The Mirror, Tottenham could announce the appointment in the next 48 hours, but the Saints haven't ended their fight to keep hold of their manager.
Pochettino has been effortlessly impressive since Southampton appointed him back in January 2013. A tactical disciple of one of his former managers, Marcelo Bielsa, he immediately implemented a high-octane style of football tailored toward winning the ball back from the opposition quickly with punishing pressing.
His own principles and Southampton’s dynamic young side made for a perfect marriage, manifesting in some vibrant, enterprising football down on the south coast.
Plenty of players have blossomed under Pochettino’s watch, and one of the main benefactors—full-back Nathaniel Clyne—insists he'd be gutted to see him walk, per Darren Lewis of The Mirror:
He has been so different to any other manager. He planted it into our heads that even if we were up against bigger teams and bigger players, we could compete at the same level as them. He taught us never to fear them or be intimidated just because of their big names or their big reputations.
He’d have us pressing high, keeping a high line, receiving the ball in difficult situations, keeping possession and basically having the confidence to play football rather than being afraid.
For me personally it took my game to another level. It would be a real shame if we were to lose him.
Jay Rodriguez, another young player who enjoyed a wonderful campaign under the Argentinian, recently told talkSPORT of his admiration for his manager:
Unfortunately, all of the purposeful and progressive strides made by Southampton under their 42-year-old boss look to be in danger of unravelling.
Pochettino is poised to move on with Spurs waiting in the wings, whilst star players like Luke Shaw and Adam Lallana are on the brink of big-money moves to Manchester United and Liverpool, respectively, per James Dickenson of The Express.
For Tottenham, Pochettino is a man who can help bring a much-needed tactical direction to the club. After a mishmash of blueprints were employed by Andre Villas-Boas and his predecessor Tim Sherwood, the former Espanyol boss would instil an immediate, crystal-clear ideal.
But whilst Southampton made an almost seamless transition to Pochettino’s philosophy, it is a transition that could take some time to implement fully with a different club and a new set of players.
It means that whilst Levy has indulged in a myriad managerial changes during his tenure, Pochettino is an appointment he must be patient with. Bearing that in mind, ESPN writer Iain Macintosh doesn't feel as though the Argentinean has much of a chance at White Hart Lane:
Given that kind of backing from the Tottenham hierarchy and monetary support in the transfer window, Pochettino can bring a refreshing new edge to this Spurs team, one that is admittedly rife with unfulfilled potential.
But Levy must keep his dismissive reflex under control if he is to reap the full benefits of Pochettino's work.