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Mauricio Pochettino like a father figure to his young Tottenham squad

Mauricio Pochettino is aiming to build a lasting legacy at Tottenham and says he feels like 'a dad' to his young group of players.

Fourth-placed Spurs boast the youngest squad in the Premier League with the likes of Dele Alli, 19, Eric Dier, 21, Harry Kane, 22, and Erik Lamela, 23, all flourishing under Pochettino's guidance.

The Argentine left Southampton for Tottenham after just 18 months at St. Mary's but he is targeting a long stay at White Hart Lane, and says he wants to 'grow' alongside his youthful charges.

"It is our dream to grow with these players and to be clever. And every season to add some young players to refresh the team and maintain the motivation," Pochettino told the Mirror.

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"Here, we have a plan," he added. "It is important to set up all the bases, to arrive at the new stadium and build a strong squad.

"It is true that football is about winning games -- but you have different ways to try to win games, win titles and achieve big things. The important thing is to be clear what your plan is."

Pochettino is well aware that managerial stability breeds success -- as Sir Alex Ferguson proved at Manchester United and Arsene Wenger continues to demonstrate across north London at Arsenal.

The former Saints boss, who poached head of recruitment Paul Mitchell from his former club last year, knows longevity is key to success but believes personnel is just as crucial.

"If you pick the right people, I agree," Pochettino said, when asked about the importance of stability.

"You pick the right people to develop and the right plan and project.

"Sometimes the project does not fit with different people or the people don't fit with the project. When you pick the right people for the delivery, it is perfect. You need to let them run it."

Pochettino has earned a reputation as both benign and unflustered during his time in England but he revealed he has a no-nonsense side, before admitting he treats his players like children.

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Mauricio Pochettino has guided the Premier League's youngest squad to fourth in the table.

"In our job we are friendly, good and kind," the 43-year-old explained. "But sometimes you are upset and angry. You are tough. We try to apply common sense because that is important. It is the same in my personal and professional life.

"It is impossible to be kind 24 hours a day, but if you are upset for 24 hours a day there must be something wrong in your mind!

"Always, I try to apply common sense -- to be tough with people, you need to be tough with and kind with the people you need to be kind with.

"Young players cannot always defend their position. But I am tough if they deserve it and need to be put in the right direction.

"It is like my sons and young people. Sometimes you need to be kind and friendly with them like a brother or a dad."


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