Ex-Saints star on Pochettino: 'If offered the Tottenham job, he would take it'

Pochettino

Former Southampton favourite Matt Oakley has admitted he would expect Mauricio Pochettino to leave if he was offered the Tottenham Hotspur job.

Matt Oakley became a fan favourite on the terraces at The Dell after a relatively successful 12-season spell at Southampton between the years of 94 and 06.

The 36-year-old remained a respected figure around the club despite leaving in 2006 to join promotion rivals Derby County, who later that season went on to knock the Saints out of the play-offs and win promotion to the Premier League.

However, during an appearance on the sofa of BBC Late Kick Off South West, the former Saints man made at statement that shocked Southampton supporters.

When asked about the rumours linking the current Saints boss to Tottenham Hotspur, he said he would expect Pochettino to go, if Tottenham came calling.

'Well, he has done a fantastic job and in demand,' said Oakley.

'I know Southampton fans won't be looking for him to leave, and I would be disappointed if he does.

'But when a team like Tottenham come calling he might, if offered the job, he would take it.'

As the saying goes, there is no smoke without fire and before yesterday the Saints boss was named the bookies favourite, if only for a day or two.

Nevertheless, speculation has grown in the past 24-hours linking Ajax manager Frank de Boer with the job at White Hart Lane making him the heavy favourite. Which means, for the time being, Southampton fans can blow a sigh of relief.

Register for TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch