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Pochettino rules himself out of Tottenham job

ESPN staff
December 20, 2013
Pochettino has been a success since taking over at Southampton © AP

Mauricio Pochettino says Tottenham have made no contact with him about their vacant manager's job ahead of Southampton's clash with the London club this weekend.

Spurs parted ways with Andre Villas-Boas last week following the 5-0 defeat to Liverpool at White Hart Lane, and after an impressive start to his Premier League career Pochettino was one of the names immediately linked with the role.

But the 41-year-old has cooled that speculation after confirming he has heard nothing from Tottenham, and added that he is happy at Southampton - where he has complete backing of chairman Nicola Cortese, a luxury he does not feel he would enjoy at White Hart Lane.

"As a manager what's really important is that the sporting aspect is under my control, in terms of signings," Pochettino said.

"Without my agreement no signings go through, and those two basic things are very important for any manager.

"Im always very respectful with decisions that people make at other clubs. It's clear that it's never a good thing when a colleague is sacked.

"I would like to wish Andre Villas-Boas all the best in the future, these things can happen in football. That's the bitter side of this game that no one wants but can still happen."

The Southampton boss has also calmed fears that Southampton could see some of their in-form players such as Rickie Lambert - who has been linked with a move to West Ham - in the January transfer window. He said: "Rumours do exist: apparently this season we have rumours from the president to the kit man. We don't know where these come from."

"We are not really concerned with the January transfer window, we are really happy with the young players who are part of this team.

"Our younger players are getting a feel for what it means to be in this side, it gives us important balance, and we're really happy with their contribution."

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