Pochettinho set for talks with board as Tottenham rumours persist

The Southampton manager has emerged as the leading candidate for the Spurs job according to some sources.

As Tottenham's managerial hunt rumbles on, supporters are left no closer to knowing who will be in charge come the start of next season.

A series of managers have been strongly linked to the London outfit, all with strong pedigrees, from Louis van Gaal to Frank de Boer, from Roberto Martinez to Mauricio Pochettino. Yet just as one candidate seems likely take over at White Hart Lane, the rumours up and settle on another individual.

Though it is very likely that Tim Sherwood will not be the man in command of the first team, the dillydallying of Daniel Levy and the Tottenham board will do little to settle the nerves of fans, and with it essential that transfer business is conducted early this summer, the sooner someone arrives the better.

Argentine Pochettino remains one of the favourites, having crafted a superb footballing side at Southampton with a mixture of young academy talent and proven foreign imports. His classy possession based football is believed to have impressed Levy, and the news that Southampton executive director Les Reed will be sitting down with the former Espanyol boss to address the club's future will likely only add fuel to the fire. 

"Mauricio has made it clear as soon as Sunday's game is out of the way we will sit down and continue the discussions we will be having," BBC Sport reports Reed as saying.

Despite the potentially ominous nature of those talks, Reed insists that rumours surrounding his manager are a sign of the club's success, and that interest in contributors to that success is natural.

"He wanted to achieve the record points total and focus on the games and nothing else."

"This is one of the issues of being successful, everyone is attracting attention."

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