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Daily Echo

Saints boss Mauricio begins reign in Spain

Jesus Perez - helping with language barrier

Jesus Perez - helping with language barrier

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Reported by Simon Carter

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New Saints manager Mauricio Pochettino says he will focus his attention on the Spanish Primera Division when the time comes to strengthen his squad.

Pochettino was appointed Saints boss on Friday after executive chairman Nicola Cortese took the controversial decision to sack Nigel Adkins, who had led the club to two promotions and into 15th place in their first season back in the top flight.

Pochettino's reign got off to an encouraging start with a goalless draw at home to Everton on Monday in a match largely dominated by the hosts, and the Argentinian admitted he is impressed with the young talent at his disposal.

The former Espanyol boss revealed his project at the club will centre on bringing new talent through the academy, but has not ruled out the prospect of using his knowledge of La Liga to make signings in this or future transfer windows.

"Obviously first of all we will be looking at players coming through the academy," Pochettino admitted.

"Beyond that, Spain is obviously a market I know better than any other and is rich with talent."

Pochettino, 40, also revealed that while he understands English and can speak the language to an extent, he is not yet confident enough to communicate fully in language.

Most of the communication with the playing staff has so far been undertaken by assistant manager Jesus Perez, but Pochettino does not believe the language barrier is a problem.

"Jesus speaks good English, he's very qualified for the position," he said. "Sometimes the language of football is more 'gestural' than vocal."

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