Guillem Balague: 'Jose Mourinho advised Mauricio Pochettino appointment'

New Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino prior to his teams match with Everton on January 21, 2013
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Spanish football journalist Guillem Balague says that Jose Mourinho played a role in the appointment of Mauricio Pochettino at Southampton.

Jose Mourinho advised Southampton chairman Nicola Cortese to appoint Mauricio Pochettino as manager, according to Spanish football journalist Guillem Balague.

The Argentine was announced as Nigel Adkins's successor on Friday, the same day that the former physio was relieved of his duties at St Mary's.

Balague, speaking on Revista de la Liga, said that the Real Madrid coach approached the South Coast club via a third person without the knowledge of Pochettino.

"Can I tell you a little story that not even Pochettino knows?" said Balague. "Jose Mourinho got in touch by a third person to the club to say 'you're not going to get it wrong with this guy, go for him'.

"It's interesting that Jose Mourinho took him under his wing for a little while and got in touch.

"Mourinho's put his own position on the line by going to Southampton and saying 'go for him'."

Pochettino's first job in management was at La Liga outfit Espanyol, where he was sacked in November following nearly three years in charge.

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