Daily Express

Pochettino set up Fergie meet


MAURICIO Pochettino was the instigator of a meeting with Sir Alex Ferguson but Tottenham remain confident their head coach will sign his new contract.

Pochettino has verbally agreed a new five-year deal with Spurs but on Tuesday he and assistant Jesus Perez were pictured leaving a London restaurant with Ferguson, who retains a strong influence at Manchester United.

Ferguson expressed his admiration for Pochettino earlier this year, sparking rumours the Argentinia­n could be a candidate to take over should Louis van Gaal leave Old Trafford in the summer.

But it is understood Pochettino set up the lunchtime get-together and was open about it from the start, informing Spurs last week that it was going to take place.

The pair have spoken before at League Managers Associatio­n events and it is believed they previously arranged a few times to meet socially, only to have to cancel due to other commitment­s. ¬NORTHAMPTO­N boss Chris Wilder will not be taking over as manager of Charlton after the parties failed to reach an agreement.

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