Spurs goalkeeper impressed with Pochettino appointment so far

Brad Friedel has said he has met the new Head Coach and backroom staff.

Tottenham goalkeeper Brad Friedel has said he is impressed from what he has seen and heard from new Head Coach Mauricio Pochettino so far.

Pochettino was recently appointed the new boss following the sacking of Tim Sherwood a matter of days after the end of the Premier League season.

The Argentine has impressed during his time in the Premier League having led Southampton to an eighth place finish in the most recent campaign.

Friedel told TalkSport: “I met the rest of the staff [as well] and they seem a very tight-knight unit. I was well impressed with everything I heard.

“A lot of us were saying that over the last 18 months Southampton were one of the hardest teams to play against and that is obviously a lot down to him. I’m very excited to start [working under him].”

The 43-year-old signed a new contract yesterday and is likely to be second choice goalkeeper again to Hugo Lloris – despite interest in the Frenchman the club is likely not to entertain any interest.

Pochettino himself will be hoping to last longer than at least his two predecessors in Andre Villas-Boas and Tim Sherwood having signed a five-year deal at White Hart Lane.

Villas-Boas lasted around 18 months at the club, whilst Sherwood was given half a season as they missed out on their goal of Champions League football.

They will have a difficult task breaking into the elite again this season, with Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea showing signs of strengthening their squad pretty early, whilst Arsenal are also rumoured to be busy. Everton will look to build on a good season under Roberto Martinez, and Manchester United will look to bounce back from a disappointing season last term under their new manager Louis van Gaal.

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