Ward-Prowse: Pochettino exit would be a major blow

The Southampton midfielder praised the coach for improving him as a player and admits the Argentine would be a huge loss should he leave the south coast for Tottenham this summer
Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse says it would be a "major blow" if manager Mauricio Pochettino leaves the club this summer.

The former Argentina international has been installed as favourite to succeed Tim Sherwood at Tottenham, with Goal revealing in April that the former Espanyol coach would hold talks with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy over a move to White Hart Lane.

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And Ward-Prowse admits the players are worried by the prospect of Pochettino leaving, with the England Under-21 international crediting the Argentine with improving him both technically and physically.

"There has been a lot of talk about that (Pochettino leaving)," he is quoted as saying by Sky Sports. "It would be a major blow to lose him - all the players love him.

"He has played me out of position on the right, so I've had to adapt. I've had to work on my game going forward - an area I needed to improve.

"Having done that, he has added another string to my bow. I feel I can now play in a number of different positions but he has not only helped me technically, he's helped me physically.

"I'm the fittest I've ever been in terms of the running he makes us do. We do two or three gym sessions a week that involve a lot of running and running with resistance.

"He demands a lot from us, and it is hard work, but it has been proved to work. None of us want to see him go. He is a fantastic manager and he has done really well."