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14th Apr, 2017 | 3:35pm

Rival PL chief delivers verdict on Pochettino ahead of Tottenham clash

By Matt Farr

Eddie Howe has hailed his managerial rival Mauricio Pochettino ahead of Bournemouth’s clash with Tottenham in the Premier League on Saturday.

The two highly-rated Premier League chiefs are set for a battle of wits in the dugout at White Hart Lane, but Howe has admitted he has a lot of respect for Pochettino for ‘devoting his life’ to the job at hand at Tottenham.

Pochettino’s transformation of the north London club has seen them emerge as a genuine Premier League title contender for the second consecutive campaign, and they currently sit second in the league behind Chelsea.

But the Argentine chief also looks set to lead Tottenham to their first league finish above rivals Arsenal in 21 years, with the Gunners currently trailing in sixth place by 14 points.

As quoted by the Standard, Howe delivered a glowing verdict of Pochettino as a manager, hailing the 45-year-old for everything his achieved with Tottenham.

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He said: “He has done an outstanding job. It isn’t just the results he has achieved, it is his style of play and the way he conducts himself.

“He is a level-headed guy who concentrates on improving players. I have a lot of respect for anyone who devotes their life to that.”

Pochettino’s ‘outstanding’ work has seen him linked with succeeding Luis Enrique at Barcelona, when the Spaniard leaves his post at the end of the season.

The Tottenham chief has previous managerial experience in La Liga with Espanyol, but Tottenham will be determined to keep hold of arguably their most prized asset.

However, the admiration will be set aside when two managers look horns on Saturday, with Bournemouth looking to pick up only their third away win of the Premier League season.

Tottenham, meanwhile, are undefeated in 16 games at White Hart Lane, and have been defeated only three times.

In other Tottenham news, a club legend has spectacularly trolled Arsenal fans by urging the club to extend the stay of their under-fire boss.

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