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Pochettino’s coyness over Saints future is music for Spurs ears

| 12.05.2014

The betting to become Tim Sherwood’s permanent replacement as Tottenham manager has seen two frontrunners emerge in the final throws of the domestic season.

The favourite in the market is current Ajax coach Frank De Boer at 4/5 who has long been linked with a move to the Premier League, while Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino is the 7/4 second favourite.

Although Spurs tried to distance themselves from having made an approach for the former Rangers defender, De Boer himself has been quite open about the interest.

“Spurs have made an approach,” he said. “I’m going to listen and talk. Then I’ll make my feelings known,” said De Boer.

“At this moment I have had absolutely no contact with other clubs. I’ve said to (director of football) Marc Overmars that until May 3 I’m not going to think about it – I’m busy with Ajax.”

However, these comments were made at the end of April and since then trail has gone a little cold, whereas back over in Blighty the other frontrunner for the job has also spoken out.

The man many Spurs fans would like to take the White Hart Lane reigns looks to have made any potential switch a little more likely in light of his latest comments.

Despite overseeing such a successful campaign as Saints boss in which he has guided them to eighth place, the talented Argentine is still unclear over his future and wants assurances from the board at St Mary’s.

“It’s up to the board to discuss with me the new project that will be in place for next season,” Pochettino said.

“It’s not up to me to decide when those talks will happen.”

Although De Boer has taken Ajax to four straight Eredivisie titles, he has no Premier League experience, whereas Pochettino has proved he can get his team playing the right sort of football to succeed on English shores.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Christian Crowther

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