FIRST TEAM MANAGER MAURICIO POCHETTINO
Mauricio Pochettino has developed a reputation as one of the most exciting coaching talents in Europe after a playing career that took him from his native Argentina to Spain via France.
Pochettino was born on 2nd March 1972 in Murphy, north-eastern Argentina – coincidentally the hometown of Saints’ young goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga.
The centre-back began his playing career with Santa Fe-based Newell’s Old Boys, making his debut as a 16-year-old in 1988.
Aged 19 he played in the side which was crowned as champions of the Argentine Primera Divsión in 1990-91 under legendary coach Marcelo Bielsa.
At the start of the 1994-95 campaign, 22-year-old Pochettino signed for Spanish side RCD Espanyol following their promotion to La Liga.
He made his Argentina debut in 1999, playing in a friendly draw with the Netherlands in Amsterdam. He featured at Wembley Stadium as La Albiceleste drew 0-0 with England a year later.
In 2000 Pochettino picked up his first piece of silverware since moving to Europe as Espanyol won the Copa Del Rey having recorded a semi-final victory over European champions-in-waiting Real Madrid, before defeating Atlético Madrid in the final.
Having made over 200 appearances in six years with Los Periquitos, the defender moved to France and joined Paris Saint-Germain at the start of 2001.
Pochettino was named in the Argentina squad for the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Japan & South Korea, facing England in the group stage.
Overall he made 75 appearances for PSG, scoring four goals and featuring in the UEFA Cup before heading south to join Girondins de Bordeaux in July 2003.
However, Pochettino played for Bordeaux on just 12 occasions before deciding to return to Espanyol on loan at the end of December. He played 21 times during the latter half of the 2003-04 season, and made a permanent return to the city of Barcelona that summer.
In 2006, at the age of 34, Mauricio won his second Copa Del Rey before deciding to bring the curtain down on his playing career.
He made more than 300 appearances for Espanyol – the most-ever for the club by a foreign player – and was given the nickname of the ‘Sheriff of Murphy’.
Following his retirement from playing, Pochettino began to study for his coaching qualifications having worked under the likes of Bielsa, Luis Fernandez and José Antonio Camacho.
He helped out with the coaching of Espanyol’s successful women’s side before being handed the reigns of his former club at the age of 36 in January 2009.
During his first few months in charge of Los Blanquiblaus, Pochettino steered his new charges from third-bottom of La Liga to a tenth-placed finish.
Playing in the newly-built Estadi Cornellà-El Prat, Espanyol finished 11th in 2009-10 and eighth the following season, missing out narrowly on qualifying for the UEFA Europa League having spent much of the season in the top five.
Los Periquitos spent the vast majority of the 2011-12 campaign in the top half before eventually finishing 14th, with Pochettino becoming the club’s fourth-longest serving manager in February 2012.
His reputation for bringing young players through the club’s youth set-up drew him many admirers from clubs across Europe and at the top of La Liga.
However, shortly after the start of the 2012-13 season, Pochettino expressed concerns after long-term financial issues left him with a restricted budget and affected potential transfer acquisitions.
With those difficulties in mind, Espanyol struggled at the start of the season before La Liga’s longest-serving manager left the club by mutual consent at the end of November after almost four years in charge.
FIRST TEAM ASSISTANT MANAGER Jesús Pérez
Pérez was appointed First Team Assistant Manager in January 2013 having previously worked as a technical coach under Pochettino during their time at RCD Espanyol.
The 41-year-old initially joined Espanyol as a first-team analyst in July 2010, before stepping up his involvement ahead of the 2010-11 campaign.
He made his name as a coach and assistant in his native Spain with Gimnàstic de Tarragona, CD Castellón, Real Murcia, Pontevedra CF, Rayo Vallecano and UD Almería.
Prior to joining Espanyol, he spent a season on the staff of Saudi Arabian side Al Ittihad having had an brief spell as a fitness coach with the Saudi Arabian national team in 2005.
Having moved to Southampton, Jesús now assists Pochettino in day-to-day activities on the training ground and on matchdays.
FIRST TEAM COACH Miguel D'Agostino
D'Agostino – also 41 – was appointed as First Team Coach after working with Pochettino at Espanyol in 2011 and 2012.
Born in Argentina, he began a playing career as a defender at local side Patronato de Paraná before moving to Newell's Old Boys in 1990.
D'Agostino played alongside Pochettino at the heart of the Newell's defence before the latter moved to Spain in 1994. Miguel then had a spell playing with Gimnasia y Esgrima de Jujuy before moving to Ecuadorian side LDU de Quito.
From there he moved to Chilean outfit C.D. Palestino before following in Pochettino's footsteps and heading to play in Spain with SD Compostela.
The pair both moved to France in 2000, with Pochettino joining Paris Saint-Germain and D'Agostino linking up with Chamois Niortais.
He went on to play for Canet en Rousillon and then joined Angoulême CFC as a player-coach before becoming assistant manager at Stade Brestois 29 between 2003 and 2007.
Next D'Agostino spent 2007-08 as assistant coach at Dubai CSC in the United Arab Emirates before returning to Brest as chief scout.
Following Pochettino's appointment at Espanyol, D'Agostino also did some scouting on behalf of his former teammate before moving to Spain on a permanent basis in 2011.
He then followed Mauricio to Southampton, and now works directly with the players as well as providing technical support to the manager.
FIRST TEAM GOALKEEPING COACH Toni Jiménez
Former Spanish international goalkeeper and Olympic gold medallist Jiménez became Saints' First Team Goalkeeping Coach following Pochettino's appointment as First Team Manager.
Raised in the Spanish town of La Garriga, he began his playing career with lower-leaguers EC Granollers before joining Barcelona aged 18.
He spent a brief amount time playing for the Spanish giants' third team before moving on loan to make his professional debut with UE Figueres.
He was selected in Spain's squad for the 1992 Olympic Games in his home city of Barcelona, playing all six games as they won the gold medal for men's football.
After the games, he signed for Rayo Vallecano before following coach José Antonio Camacho to RCD Espanyol and fast becoming their first-choice goalkeeper.
Central defender Pochettino arrived at Espanyol a year after Jiménez's arrival, with the pair both forming a vital part of their starting team.
Jiménez won three senior caps for Spain, making his debut under his former Espanyol coach Camacho in a friendly against Italy in November 1998.
In 1999, after six years at Espanyol, Toni joined Atlético Madrid in 1999 before moving to Elche CF for a season in 2002.
He rounded off his playing career back at his beloved Espanyol, moving there in January 2003. He was reunited with Pochettino upon his return to Barcelona from France a year later, but decided to retire from playing at the end of the 2003-04 season.
After hanging up his gloves, Jiménez served as a director with Espanyol for just under two years before departing in March 2006.
He then had separate spells as assistant manager and goalkeeping coach at Girona FC either side of a role at his first club, EC Granollers.
Toni returned to Espanyol in June 2011 as Pochettino's number two, before joining him in moving to Southampton in January 2013.
FIRST TEAM COACHING STAFF
First Team Manager Mauricio Pochettino
First Team Assistant Manager Jesús Pérez Pérez
First Team Coach Miguel Angel D'Agostino
First Team Goalkeeping Coach Antoni Jiménez Sistachs
First Team Technical Support Fran Alonso
Senior Strength & Conditioning Coach
Senior Physiotherapist Matt Radcliffe
Sports Therapist Chris Lovegrove
Sports Therapist Graeme Staddon
Kit & Equipment Manager Mark Forbes
Kit & Equipment Assistant David Price
Performance Analyst Scott Waters