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Kruger not phased by task of replacing Pochettino at Southampton

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By James McLean

Wednesday 28 May 2014

Southampton chairman Ralph Kruger is not worried about the task of replacing departed manager Mauricio Pochettino, stating that Saints are “inundated” with options for their new manager, according to Sky Sports.

Mauricio Pochettino

The 42-year-old Argentinian signed a five-year contract to become the new Head Coach at Tottenham, leaving the south coast club looking for a new manager for the second time in just over 15 months. Several names have already been linked with the post, with Sunderland boss Gus Poyet and former Switzerland international Murat Yakin the current favourites with bookmakers.

Kruger insists that there is an air of optimism at the club despite the managerial situation, and says that the ball is already rolling in regard to appointing the former Espanyol manager’s successor at St. Mary’s.

He said: "We're already moving forward with our very strong supporting staff at all the different levels and we're moving forward toward a solution. The scouting and recruiting group that we have is the same group that found Mauricio Pochettino and people asked, 'Who's this guy?'

“Any club that is well-constructed and well-organised is permanently tracking potential managers for a situation such as this.”

Of the two bookmakers’ favourites, Poyet is a former Chelsea midfielder who also spent time, ironically, at Tottenham. His managerial career included a stint at Brighton, before the former Uruguayan international replaced Paolo Di Canio at Sunderland. His Black Cats went on to avoid relegation with a game to spare in what has been labelled as a great escape, and so his reputation as a manager has shot up.

Yakin, on the other hand, represented Switzerland 49 times during his playing career, and retired in 2006 while playing for Basel. He rejoined the club as manager six years later, and stayed until earlier this week when he stood down.

Of these two individuals, Yakin may arguably be the more attractive prospect given his status as a free agent, but Poyet’s rising stock could be enough to convince the board at Southampton that they would like the former midfielder to continue his career on the south coast.

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