Pochettino backed to stay at Spurs for ‘a long, long time’ by club legend Ardiles

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Mauricio Pochettino has been backed by Tottenham legend Ossie Ardiles to remain at the club for “a long, long time”.

The highly-rated Argentine tactician has been at the Spurs helm since the summer of 2014.

His stock has risen considerably across a five-year spell, with speculation regarding a possible move elsewhere never far away.

Pochettino admitted during pre-season that he may have been tempted to take on a new challenge had his side not come unstuck in the 2019 Champions League final against Liverpool.

Rumours regarding his future are expected to surface again at some stage, with the likes of Manchester United, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain all said to have been keen in the past.

For now, though, Pochettino remains tied to a contract through to 2023 and is being tipped by fellow countryman Ardiles to stay put in north London.

The Spurs icon told Sky Sports: “Pochettino is an absolutely wonderful manager so we cannot be in better hands to be perfectly honest.

“He works extremely hard, he's a very, very honest guy, an honest manager, very good tactically.

“When you go there, there's a family atmosphere which he has created, so we cannot be in better hands. He'll stay for a long, long time.”

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Pochettino is currently in the process of piecing together another top-four bid in the Premier League and a shot at Champions League glory.

Spurs did stumble out of the blocks, scraping past Aston Villa and losing to Newcastle, but have taken points off Manchester City, Arsenal and Crystal Palace and are considered to be heading in the right direction.

Ardiles added: “[It's been] very positive.

“I believe that there are two teams to beat - Liverpool and Manchester City - but I think we are one of the teams that can beat them and we are going to try and fight with them all the way.

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“We have a very, very strong squad. That showed last season and in the Champions League as well.

“We do have a very strong squad but we have to be a little bit better and I hope we will do it this year.”

Spurs are desperate to end a long wait for major silverware that stretches back to a League Cup triumph in 2008.