Wanyama upset by Poch departure

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Victor Wanyama has described Mauricio Pochettino’s departure to Tottenham as a "big blow".

The former Argentina international's stock rose markedly during his 16 months at Saints, who he led to their joint best-ever Premier League era finish last season.

However, after months of speculation, Pochettino on Tuesday signed a five-year deal to become head coach at Spurs, taking his backroom staff with him.

The move raises questions over Saints' future direction and has disappointed midfielder Wanyama, who moved to St Mary's last summer in a £12.5m deal.

"I learnt a lot from him, he taught me more and that's why I have grown as a player and there is a big difference compared to when I was at Celtic," said Wanyama.

"He played a big role in my career development.

"I wanted him to remain because he had the passion for the club and I think the owners should not have let him go because the team can do better next season.

"It's a big blow because he had good connection with the players."

Pochettino's exit raises questions over the future of several Saints players, such as Luke Shaw and Adam Lallana - players Wanyama hopes stay as they "can build a successful team together at Southampton".

Teenager Shaw is currently away with England's World Cup squad and took to Twitter to thank the departing Saints manager.

"Would like to thank Mauricio For everything he has done for me," the 18-year-old said. "Great manager , great guy and has helped me a lot. Wish him all the best"

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1:54pm Wed 28 May 14

jls217 says...

Here's another one on his way to Spurs then.

"He had a passion for the club" - But not quite enough to see his contract through eh!? Dissolved the moment the dineros were waved in his face.

Victor you have a great future ahead of you and I sincerely hope Saints features as part of that future. You will not find a better club to hone your skills and be appreciated by the fans than right here. Is that enough to convince you? The pay can't be that bad either. How about it? In the name of the song, Should I stay or should I go now?
Here's another one on his way to Spurs then. "He had a passion for the club" - But not quite enough to see his contract through eh!? Dissolved the moment the dineros were waved in his face. Victor you have a great future ahead of you and I sincerely hope Saints features as part of that future. You will not find a better club to hone your skills and be appreciated by the fans than right here. Is that enough to convince you? The pay can't be that bad either. How about it? In the name of the song, Should I stay or should I go now? jls217
  • Score: 4

1:58pm Wed 28 May 14

costa gaz says...

Looks like another "I am pi$$ed off, come and get me" plea by big Vic.

Expect others to come out with similar statements.
Looks like another "I am pi$$ed off, come and get me" plea by big Vic. Expect others to come out with similar statements. costa gaz
  • Score: 6

2:56pm Wed 28 May 14

Chrissymarsdenfootballgenius says...

Chill your beans victor, you hardly set the world on fire in your first season so I think if anybody should be willing to give the new board a chance it's you! Also don't forget who signs you pay cheque each week - that's right the board you just criticised! Anyone would think that Mauricio established the team single handed 129 years a go, this club has a long history of which mopo has played a tiny part! The club has existed for around 1550 months- mopo has been here for 18 of those- that's just just over 1%! What I'm trying to say is that we will continue, we have survived much much worse and if 98.7% of the time our great club has existed coped without mopo then I would say that the odds are in favour of the club surviving this blip and coming back even stronger! Any player that thinks they played for mopo and not southampton can leave in my opinion! Southampton till I die!
Chill your beans victor, you hardly set the world on fire in your first season so I think if anybody should be willing to give the new board a chance it's you! Also don't forget who signs you pay cheque each week - that's right the board you just criticised! Anyone would think that Mauricio established the team single handed 129 years a go, this club has a long history of which mopo has played a tiny part! The club has existed for around 1550 months- mopo has been here for 18 of those- that's just just over 1%! What I'm trying to say is that we will continue, we have survived much much worse and if 98.7% of the time our great club has existed coped without mopo then I would say that the odds are in favour of the club surviving this blip and coming back even stronger! Any player that thinks they played for mopo and not southampton can leave in my opinion! Southampton till I die! Chrissymarsdenfootballgenius
  • Score: 8

3:29pm Wed 28 May 14

deepheat says...

Victor, you was a bit of a fat pudding when you first came to saints . You cost us some crucial points with your silly mistakes so yeah, Victor you should become a better player, you couldn't get any worse.
Victor, you was a bit of a fat pudding when you first came to saints . You cost us some crucial points with your silly mistakes so yeah, Victor you should become a better player, you couldn't get any worse. deepheat
  • Score: 5

6:10pm Wed 28 May 14

iow-is-red-and-white says...

Fed up with all these gushing players. Victor, you just as we'll send Poch a job application.
Fed up with all these gushing players. Victor, you just as we'll send Poch a job application. iow-is-red-and-white
  • Score: 0

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