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    OSPREYSAINT wrote:
    Dan Howard wrote:
    Just read the profiles of the new coaching team at St Mary’s.
    On the face of it, there seem remarkable similarities with Poortvliet and Wotte….on the whole, undistinguished time spent in undistinguished lower tier teams….except Poortvliet had a superior record as player than Poinsettia.
    Poinsettia: well-known for its appearance around Christmas but makes little impact the rest of the year. “..the red color represents the blood sacrifice through the crucifixion.” (wiki)
    No parallels there then!
    That's right wait 'til I start to get depressed and then depress me some more, thank's a bunch.
    Just look it square in the eye for what it is dear boy

    Nicky's Cronies.

    "We'll give you an Argentine you can't refuse!"

    Ciao"
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Pep's backing for new Saints boss Pochettino

Pep's backing for new Saints boss Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino

First published in Saints News
Last updated

by Joseph Sexton

Mauricio Pochettino’s remarkable work with the Espanyol youth academy helped win him a dream job with Saints – and the backing of ex-Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola!

The 40-year-old Argentinian was sacked by the La Liga club towards the end of last November with Espanyol bottom of the table.

In his last 20 league games with the club, stretching back to the end of last season, the new Saints boss won just three and lost 13.

During his 145 games in the Spanish top flight with Barcelona-based Espanyol, Pochettino’s win ratio was 34 per cent with 44 per cent of games lost.

But it was his work with Espanyol’s academy that mainly attracted him to Saints chairman Nicola Cortese.

Pochettino is held in high regard in Spain, and Bayern Munich boss in waiting Guardiola has said: “I admire him for his ideals, his character. The foundations of his principles are always the same.”

Saints’ academy has produced gems in recent years such as Theo Walcott, Gareth Bale, Alex Chamberlain, Adam Lallana and now Luke Shaw.

But Espanyol’s record is even more impressive, and Pochettino takes a lot of credit for that.

They have produced a remarkable 15 Spanish internationals across all age levels since the turn of the Millennium.

Around forty players currently appearing in Spain’s top two divisions have come from Espanyol.

Cortese has said he wants to build a Barcelona-type model at Saints. Seven of the Barca side that started the 2009 Champions League final were home-grown, and Cortese believes he can oversee such a system at St Mary’s.

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