By Wayne Veysey

3rd Mar, 2017 | 5:48pm

Pochettino delivers verdict on Everton man, hails him as a great

By Alex Stevens

Mauricio Pochettino has hailed Everton boss Ronald Koeman as a “great” manager who he respects enormously.

Pochettino also revealed he has a “very good relationship” with the man he will face in the dugout when Tottenham host the Merseysiders in Sunday’s Premier League clash.

Coincidentally, the Tottenham and Everton managers have been strongly linked with the soon-to-be-vacant Barcelona manager’s position in recent days.

Luis Enrique announced on Wednesday that he will quit the Nou Camp at the end of the season to bring down the curtain on his successful three-year reign.

Reports in Spain and across Europe claim that Pochettino and Koeman are both in the running for one of the most glamorous posts in world football.

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Pochettino declined to discuss Koeman’s prospects of succeeding Enrique at the Catalan giants but stressed his admiration for the Dutch all-time great.

“It’s not up to me, it’s not my decision to make,” said the Spurs boss on Friday, as quoted by the Mirror. “We will meet Ronald Koeman on Sunday – we have a very good relationship, he is a great manager and he was a very successful player at Barcelona. Like me, he is preparing for a very tough game.”

The Argentine, who celebrated his 45th birthday on Thursday, has reiterated he is settled and happy at Tottenham, although he accepted he could be on the shortlist to succeed Enrique.

 

Spurs have high hopes of securing a top-four finish in the Premier League this season, although their title hopes are distant given the 10-point lead accumulated by Chelsea.

By contrast, Everton are outside contenders to secure a Champions League spot, with Koeman’s side in seventh place and six point adrift of fourth-placed Arsenal ahead of the weekend.

In other Tottenham transfer news, a forward has signed after Spurs agreed terms on an out-of-window deal.

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