Mauricio Pochettino signs new five year contract with Tottenhamby Jack Kitson / 24 May 2018, 16:24Tweet
Tottenham Hotspur fans can now breathe a huge sigh of relief after their manager Mauricio Pochettino put pen to paper and signed a new five-year contract through to 2023.
Pochettino, who took charge in the summer of 2014, had been linked with a move to Spanish giants Real Madrid, while the club's London rivals Chelsea were also believed to be keen to lure him over to Stamford Bridge, if Antonio Conte left his position.
But none of that matters anymore - for the time being anyway - after Pochettino committed his future to the North London club, along with his First Team Coaching staff: Jesus Perez, Miguel D’Agostino and Toni Jimenez.
In four campaigns in charge of Tottenham, Pochettino has recorded a trio of top-3 Premier League finishes, including 2nd spot in 2016/17.
Last season Pochettino led his troops to 3rd, behind champions Man City and runners-up Man Utd, while they reached the FA Cup semi-finals for the second successive season, and the last-16 of the Champions League.
During the most recent campaign he reached the 200 Premier League game landmark, took his Premier League winning tally past 100 matches - the first non-European gaffer to achieve this feat - while he also became the first ever Spurs boss to record a Premier League win at Stamford Bridge.
The recent departure of Arsene Wenger from rivals Arsenal means that Pochettino is now the third longest-serving manager in England’s top-flight.
In a club statement Pochettino said:
"I am honoured to have signed a new long-term contract as we approach one of the most significant periods in the Club's history and be the manager that will lead this team into our new world-class stadium.
"This is just one of the factors that makes this one of the most exciting jobs in world football and we are already making plans to ensure we continue to build on the great work that everyone has contributed to over the past four years.
"Daniel and I have spoken at length about our aspirations for this football club. We both share the same philosophies to achieve long-term, sustainable success.
"This is a special club - we always strive to be creative in the way we work both on and off the pitch and will continue to stick to our principles in order to achieve the success this Club deserves."
The Premier League may not be the best league in the world.— The Sack Race (@thesackrace) May 23, 2018
But manager wise it’s stunning:
Antonio Conte (or Maurizio Sarri)
Nuno Espírito Santo
Manuel Pellegrini pic.twitter.com/WmaxtJaV1R