Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino will reportedly be announced as the next Tottenham Hotspur head coach before the end of this week.
Tim Sherwood’s sacking opened up one of the most coveted jobs in English football and Pochettino was instantly linked with the White Hart Lane hot seat.
Some very good coaches have been linked with the club but Pochettino appears to be favoured by chairman Daniel Levy for two main reasons; his style of football and the way he develops young players.
He looks set to beat Ajax boss Frank de Boer and Napoli manager Rafael Benitez to the job.
“Pochettino's attacking style of football fits in with Levy's ideals while at Southampton he has also shown his ability to introduce and improve academy products,” reports Goal.com.
Pochettino’s style of football is already accepted as one of the best brands in the Premier League.
Southampton play at a high tempo, with high pressing which makes it difficult for their opposition to enjoy spells of matches where they are not under pressure from the South Coast club.
The high pressing allows the team to win the ball back in advanced areas, as well as forcing the opposition to play long, which allows the Saints defenders to mop up and lay the ball off to more creative players.
Pochettino’s ability to develop younger players last season was arguably better than any manager in England, if not Europe.
He’s responsible for the form produced by Luke Shaw, which has seen the Manchester United target included in England’s World Cup squad along with Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert.
Callum Chambers, Nathaniel Clyne and James Ward-Prowse among plenty of others are further examples of players Pochettino has helped to make an impact in the first team.
If he does become Tottenham’s next head coach then he could work similar wonders with younger players at Tottenham, benefiting from having the Europa League to use as an extra platform to allow those players to develop.