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Who is Mauricio Pochettino, Southampton’s New Manager?

Mauricio Pochettino Who is Mauricio Pochettino, Southamptons New Manager?

Who is Mauricio Pochettino, the man who Southampton has chosen to replace Nigel Adkins as manager of the Premier League club?

Coaching career: Former manager at Espanyol, where he was able to turn the team around with limited funds to finish in eighth place last season. Southampton will be his second position as a manager.

Pochettino left Espanyol by mutual consent in November, 2012 after the team were in last place in La Liga.

Playing career: Mauricio Pochettino was a central defender who played for 17 years, many of which were in Spain for Espanyol. He played 20 times for Argentina, and will perhaps be best remembered by England fans as the defender who fouled Michael Owen in the 2002 World Cup to earn England (and David Beckham) a penalty.

Pochettino also played for Paris Saint Germain, Bordeaux and Newell’s Old Boys.

Personal: Born in Argentina in 1972.

Attributes: Has an eye for top talent at low prices. May be able to find some gems in the Spanish market. Pochettino prefers an attacking style of football with a possession-based style.


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