Pochettino: Summer has been no holiday at Southampton

The Saints manager says that he has been working non-stop to secure the right signings in the close-season as he looks to build on his side's 14th-place finish of 2012-13
Maurico Pochettino says that he has been working non-stop since the Premier League season finished to ensure that he brings the best players available to Southampton.

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The former Espanyol coach has already secured the capture of Croatian defender Dejan Lovren, one of many new faces whom he hopes to bring to the south coast.

With less than two months to go until the start of the league campaign, the 41-year-old is well aware of how crucial the coming weeks are in shaping the Saints' season.

"It's a very important time, it is no holiday," Pochettino told the club's official website.

"We work all day because, not only for us but for all of the team, this time is very important for the future of the club and for next season."

Pochettino took over from Nigel Adkins in January, becoming the first Argentine to manage in the Premier League since Ossie Ardiles left Tottenham in 1994.