Wanyama disappointed by Pochettino Saints exit
29 May 2014, 08:06
Nairobi - Kenyan midfielder and captain, Victor Wanyama, has decried the departure of his English Premier League side Southampton club head coach, Mauricio Pochettino, to rivals Tottenham Hotspurs.
Wanyama, who was signed by the Argentine in a Scottish record of 12.5 million British Pounds from Glasgow Celtic, last July, said his exit was a big blow to the Saints after the former defender, 42, signed a five-year deal to head the White Hart Lane outfit.
"I learnt a lot from him, he taught me more and that's why I have grown as a player and there is a big difference compared to when I was at Celtic. He played a big role in my career development," Wanyama said in Nairobi.
"I wanted him to remain because he had the passion for the club and I think the owners should not have let him go because the team can do better next season. It's a big blow because he had good connection with the players," the Kenya skipper Wanyama told Capital News ahead of their departure for Comoros on Wednesday.
Besides Wanyama, Pochettino is credited with bringing the prominence of other young stars such as England trio, striker Jay Rodriguez, midfielder Adam Lallana and left-back Luke Shaw with the pair set to follow the manager out of St. Mary's.
"I don't want the pair to leave since we can build a successful team together at Southampton," Wanyama said on the duo that is with England for the Brazil World Cup.
The stocky midfielder was part of the Saints squad that recorded their highest finish in the Premier league, eighth, behind outgoing champions Manchester United last season.
Wanyama, the most expensive Kenyan footballer in history made 19 starts and a further four substitute appearances in the league for Southampton.
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