Ten reasons Poch should stay at Saints

Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino

First published in Football Basingstoke Gazette: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Sports Writer

With the managerial merry go round starting to get in full swing for the summer following the sacking of David Moyes, speculation continues to link Mauricio Pochettino with Tottenham.

The Saints boss has one more season left on his current contract and talks over a new deal are on the backburner at the time being.

It does feel as though fate is being allowed to take its course but the players and fans at St Mary’s are keen to see the popular manager commit to a long term stay at the club.

Here, Daily Echo chief sports writer, Adam Leitch, attempts to convince Pochettino to sign a new long-term deal by listing ten reasons why he should stay at St Mary’s ...

  • A club going places

Saints are very much a club on the up with momentum behind them.

The end to this season might have fallen a little flat after the early excitement but let’s not forget the journey the club has taken in recent years.

They have blazed a trail since Markus Liebherr’s takeover, lifting themselves up through League One, then the Championship and into the Premier League where they have not only consolidated but pushed on still further.

The club remains ambitious and hungry for further success and is making the right noises in terms of supporting the manager to give him the best possible chance of making it happen.

  • Negotiating position

Saints need Pochettino, which puts him in the driving seat for negotiations, and that ultimately should not only be good for him financially but also for getting what he wants in the transfer market.

The club needs the stability that Pochettino brings to the table.

If he were to go, there possibly will be star players mulling over their own futures too.

Pochettino’s stock is high at the moment. Some might argue that a reason to grab a bigger and better job while you can, but there is also the chance to be at a club for a long period of time and to mould it exactly as you would like.

Given how much Saints would like to keep Pochettino, it feels as if that option is there if he wants it.

  • Belief in youth development

One of the best things about Pochettino’s time in charge has been seeing so many talented youngsters given their chance in the first team.

The Saints production line continues to provide a wealth of raw material for the manager to work with, and there are still a couple of others bubbling away under the surface who haven’t had a chance yet.

Saints will continue to invest heavily in youth and, for a manager who likes to blood young players, it’s a massive bonus as opposed to having to continually look to recruit.

  • Fans’ backing

If you are to stay at a club for a long time then it’s important to have the backing of the fans.

Saints supporters have taken to Pochettino.

They enjoy not only the results he has delivered but the style and the verve of his team.

Their football has been so attractive to watch, and that has made him very popular.

Not even his lack of English interviews has dented that.

Not every manager has that kind of support and it should count for a lot. Certainly it aids your chances of staying in a job when times get tough.

  • Unity

We have heard a lot in the last few days of dressing room unrest and ‘losing the senior players’ and what an issue it can be.

It’s not something that Pochettino has to contend with.

The Saints players adore him, they believe completely in his ability and the way he has them playing.

They are fully behind him and will do whatever he says.

It’s not easy to garner that kind of loyalty and if you went to another club there is no guarantee you can get that again.

  • Opportunities beckon

Even if Pochettino does not see himself as being Saints manager for a decade, even if he wishes to use this as a stepping stone on his career path to manage a genuine giant in the footballing world, this job offers him the chance to build for that next step.

With all due respect, a season and a half of doing well in England is not going to suddenly land him a massive club.

He needs to prove he can do it year in and year out.

Pochettino can aim to do with Saints what David Moyes did with Everton.

If he can achieve that over a period of years, then doors will open for him.

  • Staplewood

Pochettino has achieved all he has at Saints coaching his players at a makeshift training ground.

They are working out of semi-permanent accommodation while half of Staplewood is a building site.

Very soon Saints will move into a state of the art training ground that will be one of the best in Europe.

He will have every facility at his disposal.

It is going to be an awesome place to work and will help him progress the team.

  • Team building

Saints have been active in the transfer market over the last couple of years but they have had to be to get in enough quality players to stabilise in the top flight.

Taking the next step up will mean more selective recruitment, and surely it is going to be Pochettino’s choice as to who comes and goes.

If that is the case then he has a great opportunity to really move things in whatever direction he wants.

Not that many modern managers at top flight level are given such freedom.

  • Media support

They say that the local media won’t get you the sack, but they can help you stay in a job when things get tough.

Pochettino has the support of the local media, which is important.

Nationally he is not quite so popular due to his lack of English language press conferences, but media wise Saints are going to dominate regionally rather than over the country so that won’t really affect him.

His key relationships are at ground level locally and he is universally liked and supported.

It might not be a deciding factor perhaps, but Pochettino might not realise how good he’s got it until he steps into the lion’s den elsewhere.

  • Location, location, location

If all that isn’t enough, then Pochettino should drive to work and look out the car window at the wonderful part of the world he lives in.

Many a Saints manager has settled down here after working for the club – Alan Ball, Dave Merrington, Gordon Strachan – because they realise what a great place it is to be.

Pochettino may well be a globe trotter, but he likes his life here in Southampton and that is an important factor for anyone.

Believe it or not, it is just a job.

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8:17am Fri 25 Apr 14

BracknellSaint says...

Lets hope so.
See the DM are peddling their rubbish again. According to today's anti- saints filth, Man U are getting Adam and Luke for 55 million...
They've been playing this game since Cortese's exit, with one false story after another...Weird agenda...
They're more than welcome to keep up the record of talking absolute bullsh*t...
Lets hope so. See the DM are peddling their rubbish again. According to today's anti- saints filth, Man U are getting Adam and Luke for 55 million... They've been playing this game since Cortese's exit, with one false story after another...Weird agenda... They're more than welcome to keep up the record of talking absolute bullsh*t... BracknellSaint
  • Score: 6

8:22am Fri 25 Apr 14

Saintsayer II says...

IF he stays AND gets to choose the players he wants just tell him we don't want anymore Osvaldo's
IF he stays AND gets to choose the players he wants just tell him we don't want anymore Osvaldo's Saintsayer II
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8:46am Fri 25 Apr 14

NC Fan4Life says...

Sometimes the grass is not always greener but may be a different shade.
I believe MoPo needs another three or four seasons as a manager before moving on if that is what he wants, even then assuming he gained that experience and was successful with Saints, it by no means make him successful elsewhere at a larger club, look at David Moyes.
I agree with this DE article that MoPo has a good thing going here and that it would be good for stability if he was signed for another 3 yrs, but it would not be a disaster if he went. Saints stock is high and would be attractive to most managers. More importantly is that we keep our young stars and add 3 or 4 quality players before the World Cup starts. This would settle everyone down.
So it is down to Ralph and the new Board of Directors. They need to make a statement of intent as soon as the transfer window opens with a couple of major new signings, publicly state that no key players are for sale and sort out the manager situation.
I am sure that Katharina has not appointed the new board members just to stabilize us in mid-table so their time for action is now. Hopefully the intended targets have been identified and preparations being made to sign them as soon as the window opens.
Come on Ralph, your feet are under the table now so lets see some positive action and shut the potentially dangerous media speculation up.
Sometimes the grass is not always greener but may be a different shade. I believe MoPo needs another three or four seasons as a manager before moving on if that is what he wants, even then assuming he gained that experience and was successful with Saints, it by no means make him successful elsewhere at a larger club, look at David Moyes. I agree with this DE article that MoPo has a good thing going here and that it would be good for stability if he was signed for another 3 yrs, but it would not be a disaster if he went. Saints stock is high and would be attractive to most managers. More importantly is that we keep our young stars and add 3 or 4 quality players before the World Cup starts. This would settle everyone down. So it is down to Ralph and the new Board of Directors. They need to make a statement of intent as soon as the transfer window opens with a couple of major new signings, publicly state that no key players are for sale and sort out the manager situation. I am sure that Katharina has not appointed the new board members just to stabilize us in mid-table so their time for action is now. Hopefully the intended targets have been identified and preparations being made to sign them as soon as the window opens. Come on Ralph, your feet are under the table now so lets see some positive action and shut the potentially dangerous media speculation up. NC Fan4Life
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8:46am Fri 25 Apr 14

BracknellSaint says...

Mirror reporting that Morgan happy and won't ask to go unless club tell him they want to sell, despite reported Manure and Arsenal interest.
Over to you then, Ralph.
Mirror reporting that Morgan happy and won't ask to go unless club tell him they want to sell, despite reported Manure and Arsenal interest. Over to you then, Ralph. BracknellSaint
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8:50am Fri 25 Apr 14

Malcombe says...

Very good comments Adam much of it has been my sentiments with comments that I have had published on here, I have said on here that Players have signed long Contracts Luke is one and he and others probably know more about MoPo's future than anyone outside Southampton Football Club and through there trust and loyalty they will keep it a secret.

I believe what I want to believe sometimes and MoPo said he loves the Cub and Hampshire and he's settled, his children love the area and both speak fluent English and attend College, MoPo does speak English and his children help him when they have days of speak only English in the home so there's more food for thought for this very talented, dedicated rising to the very top Manager who is loved by everyone especially those who love The Saints and I am one
Very good comments Adam much of it has been my sentiments with comments that I have had published on here, I have said on here that Players have signed long Contracts Luke is one and he and others probably know more about MoPo's future than anyone outside Southampton Football Club and through there trust and loyalty they will keep it a secret. I believe what I want to believe sometimes and MoPo said he loves the Cub and Hampshire and he's settled, his children love the area and both speak fluent English and attend College, MoPo does speak English and his children help him when they have days of speak only English in the home so there's more food for thought for this very talented, dedicated rising to the very top Manager who is loved by everyone especially those who love The Saints and I am one Malcombe
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9:02am Fri 25 Apr 14

Puddletown Saint says...

All my points have been raised. MoPo (like Luke, Adam etc) need to prove his ability over three or four years and there is no better place than here at the Saints. MoPo (like Moyes) has not yet won anything so big push for both cups and top six in the league will enhance his CV.
Commit until 2017 MoPo, see where we are and then we would all wish you the very best when you leave for Real after taking us to the Champions League. You know it makes sense. COYR.
All my points have been raised. MoPo (like Luke, Adam etc) need to prove his ability over three or four years and there is no better place than here at the Saints. MoPo (like Moyes) has not yet won anything so big push for both cups and top six in the league will enhance his CV. Commit until 2017 MoPo, see where we are and then we would all wish you the very best when you leave for Real after taking us to the Champions League. You know it makes sense. COYR. Puddletown Saint
  • Score: 2

9:25am Fri 25 Apr 14

settheSTandard says...

To all the people who are demanding that the board make a statement of intent at this moment in time. Ralph has already said that no player will leave the club without MoPo sanction. MoPo himself has said he will not discuss his future contract until the season is over.
When did Nicola ever give out statements just to appease fans concerns, it ain't going to happen. You'll just have to be patient like the rest of us.
To all the people who are demanding that the board make a statement of intent at this moment in time. Ralph has already said that no player will leave the club without MoPo sanction. MoPo himself has said he will not discuss his future contract until the season is over. When did Nicola ever give out statements just to appease fans concerns, it ain't going to happen. You'll just have to be patient like the rest of us. settheSTandard
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11:37am Fri 25 Apr 14

Jan28th1984 says...

Good article - I hope Poch reads it! Yea I hope he stays - he and his staff themselves have some way to go before they are ready to take on a bigger challenge. SFC has to be right for them at this stage of their own careers, and of course, if they get to start winning things here, they could be tempted to make a really long commitment to the club and be the next Wenger or Ferguson! Poch could end up going grey here....
Good article - I hope Poch reads it! Yea I hope he stays - he and his staff themselves have some way to go before they are ready to take on a bigger challenge. SFC has to be right for them at this stage of their own careers, and of course, if they get to start winning things here, they could be tempted to make a really long commitment to the club and be the next Wenger or Ferguson! Poch could end up going grey here.... Jan28th1984
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12:32pm Fri 25 Apr 14

settheSTandard says...

Thanks Les, put me in my place regarding my earlier post.
Thanks Les, put me in my place regarding my earlier post. settheSTandard
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12:46pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Beer Monster says...

It seems a lot longer than just over a year, but when we lost Sir Nige, I feared for the worst. It was the biggest gamble we'd made as a football club since moving to St. Mary's

Thankfully, NC got his cards spot on with Pocho and we're still nowhere near our potential. Onwards and upwards.
It seems a lot longer than just over a year, but when we lost Sir Nige, I feared for the worst. It was the biggest gamble we'd made as a football club since moving to St. Mary's Thankfully, NC got his cards spot on with Pocho and we're still nowhere near our potential. Onwards and upwards. Beer Monster
  • Score: 1

11:11am Sat 26 Apr 14

Jonny7oma says...

That's a great article Mr Leitch, brought a tear to my eye but then it's what I want to read about Saints and the purpose of the article i.e. to help convince Pochettino to stay, is the outcome I want. I also liked the bit at the end praising our city, too bad others on other comments pages don't share that.

He came in under circumstances that would have had most people thinking 'sod this for a game of soldiers' but won us around pretty quickly. To be honest, I'm beginning to quite like the fact that he only speaks Spanish on TV, I think it's because I like to think he's taking the p1ss out of the interviewer but his interpreter is in on it and says the right thing instead. A bit like Strachan without an interpreter in fact. Who Knows.

The main thing though is that as all us saints fans know from watching all his games, he's still far from being perfect. Best he stays here and gets it spot on... in about 20 years and going out with Southampton crowned champions of Europe. We'll have to change the stadium name by then though, St. Marys on the Itchen is perilously close to sounding like a female STD condition.
That's a great article Mr Leitch, brought a tear to my eye but then it's what I want to read about Saints and the purpose of the article i.e. to help convince Pochettino to stay, is the outcome I want. I also liked the bit at the end praising our city, too bad others on other comments pages don't share that. He came in under circumstances that would have had most people thinking 'sod this for a game of soldiers' but won us around pretty quickly. To be honest, I'm beginning to quite like the fact that he only speaks Spanish on TV, I think it's because I like to think he's taking the p1ss out of the interviewer but his interpreter is in on it and says the right thing instead. A bit like Strachan without an interpreter in fact. Who Knows. The main thing though is that as all us saints fans know from watching all his games, he's still far from being perfect. Best he stays here and gets it spot on... in about 20 years and going out with Southampton crowned champions of Europe. We'll have to change the stadium name by then though, St. Marys on the Itchen is perilously close to sounding like a female STD condition. Jonny7oma
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