Southampton manager Pochettino coy on future amid Spurs link

Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino has remained coy on his Southampton future amid reports that Tottenham are interested in making the Argentinian their manager next season, according to Talksport.

Pochettino has been in charge at the south coast club for almost 18 months, having arrived following the departure of Nigel Adkins in January 2013, and has guided Saints to an eighth place finish in the league this season.

The 42-year-old has a year remaining on his current contract at the club, and says that he wants to speak with the club’s board regarding the project moving forward, but refused to comment one way or another when asked directly about rumours linking him with Tim Sherwood’s job at White Hart Lane.

Sherwood is expected to end his tenure as Spurs boss after the end of the season, though nothing has been confirmed at this stage.

Speaking about his future at Southampton specifically, Pochettino said: “I have the same goals, the same wishes. Of course I want to be successful, to be ambitious and always to improve as a manager.

“This Sunday when the game finishes with Manchester United a project of five years that has been happening will come to an end. It’s up the board to discuss with me the new project that will be in place starting next season.

“It’s not really up to me to decide when those talks happen but the club overall has to explain to me what this new project consists of and how it’s going to start next season.”

When questioned about whether he could see himself as Spurs boss next season, Pochettino did not give a straight yes or no – instead, choosing to relay the philosophy that it is better to live in the moment and not fear what the future holds.

He said: “Many things are bandied around and spoken and there are a lot of rumours thrown around. I don’t think you can live in the fear of the future. What’s important right now is to enjoy this moment, the present, to relish this magnificent season that we’ve had.

“I think Sunday is a very good chance to create an amazing atmosphere, to enjoy the game and the end of this amazing season. In the future things will be spoken about.

“We always say goodbye because we finish a chapter and we start a new chapter.”

Other managers, including Everton boss Roberto Martinez and Ajax manager Frank de Boer, have also been linked with the expected White Hart Lane vacancy.

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