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Mauricio Pochettino appointed as Spurs new manager

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LONDON (AP) -- Tottenham has hired Mauricio Pochettino as the club's manager with a five-year contract.

The former Argentina defender makes the move from fellow Premier League team Southampton.

Pochettino replaces Tim Sherwood, who was fired on May 13 after just five months in the job following Tottenham's sixth-place finish in the league.

The 42-year-old Pochettino developed a strong reputation for playing an attacking brand of soccer in his 18 months at Southampton, which he joined from Spanish side Espanyol. Southampton finished eighth in the standings this season, with its highest Premier League points total of 56.

Pochettino is the eighth permanent manager appointed in Spurs chairman Daniel Levy's 13 years at the club.

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