Ex-Tottenham captain backs Pochettino: "A very exciting appointment"

Former Tottenham skipper Gary Mabbutt believes that Spurs have made an 'very exciting appointment' with the arrival of Mauricio Pochettino.

Spurs finally ended weeks of speculation this evening by announcing that Pochettino had been appointed as the man to replace Tim Sherwood at White Hart Lane. The Argentine had impressed this season with Southampton and seemed destined for bigger and better things - which could be on the horizon after taking over at Tottenham.

Pochettino was the favourite for the job from the moment Sherwood was sacked, and will now spend his summer getting to know the Spurs squad, as well as looking to bring in some new signings after a disappointing season.

A young and ambitious manager, Pochettino has a growing reputation around Europe and Tottenham have moved quickly to secure his services - much to the delight of club legend Mabbutt, who praised the former Espanyol man, citing his philosophy as a main reason for the approval.

"After what happened this season, with all the changes, the chairman obviously wanted to get a manager in place to carry the club forward," Mabbutt told Sky Sports News. "Pochettino loves attacking football, he brings through young players - I think it's a very exciting appointment."

"If you look at Pochettino's record at Espanyol and Southampton he's tried to bring young players through from the academies and if you look at Tottenham at the moment, they have some fantastic youngsters coming through the ranks. We also have a first team squad full of players with potential that has to be nurtured - and he seems to be the person that could put all that in place," he added.

Mabbutt's comments suggest a belief that Pochettino will be able to harness youngsters such as Nabil Bentaleb, Danny Rose, Erik Lamela and Harry Kane, and turn them into first-team contributors - rather than the club persistently signing a handful of new players every summer.

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