Tottenham Hotspurs have confirmed that their managed Mauricio Pochettino has signed a contract extension that will keep him at the club till 2021. The Argentine arrived at North London in 2014 and has seen the club through some impressive progress, only slightly falling short in the title race this year and this announcement comes as a boost for their fans, players and board alike.
Along with Pochettino, three of his key staff members – Jesús Pérez, Miguel D’Agostino and Toni Jiménez – have also signed extensions. Newspapers recently started linking him to the job at Old Trafford, with Louis van Gaal’s position coming under scrutiny with every passing day, but this announcement will allay any such speculation and be a relief for those higher up in the club’s hierarchy.
With Spurs hoping to move into their new £400m stadium in 2018/19, chairman Daniel Levy would want to have a manager who can see through the transition with stability and without losing their path from the progress they have made over the past few years. With Champions League football secured, the financial burden gets slightly eased and Levy will be pleased to see the meagre net spend under Pochettino.
Pochettino said: “I could not be happier to sign this new contract. It was an easy decision for my coaching staff and I because we can feel the appreciation of everyone here – there is no better place to be right now.
“The supporters are unbelievable, we have assembled a great group of players with huge potential that can get even better, while the facilities we have to work in are world-class. We also have an incredible new stadium to look forward to and now we are determined to build a side worthy of playing in such an exciting new venue.
“We have enjoyed a great season and we believe this is just the beginning. We have a long-term project and huge belief that we can achieve something big here for the future. This club has all the ingredients to continue to challenge at the very top in both the Premier League and in Europe and we want to be here to be a part of what I believe will be a special period in the club’s history.”
With the Gaffer having signed a new deal, players like Eriksen, Harry Kane, Eric Dier, Lamela and Lloris are set to follow suit. With Pochettino at helm and a young team in sync with his philosophy, the future looks bright for Tottenham Hotspurs.