The St Mary’s club shocked the football world last week when they sacked Nigel Adkins, who had led them to two successive promotions, and replaced him with the little-known Argentinian.
And although he was unable to mastermind a victory in his first game in charge, there was plenty to suggest the former Espanyol manager won’t take too long to get to grips with the Premier League.
In truth, it was far from the best game for the neutral, but Pochettino won’t care about that as he started his reign on the south coast with a well earned and thoroughly well deserved point.
Southampton had by far the better of the first half and Tim Howard was the only man who stood between the home side and a half-time lead.
The American goalkeeper made excellent saves to deny Rickie Lambert, Gaston Ramirez and Jos Hooiveld, while Lambert also hit the post with a superb free-kick and headed a great opportunity wide when he should have done better.
Everton, for their part, were virtually non-existent as an attacking threat in the opening 45 minutes in a thoroughly disappointing display by David Moyes’ side.
The Merseysiders improved considerably after the break, however, and Marouane Fellaini forced Artur Boruc into a couple of decent saves, and midway through the half the former Celtic keeper made an even better stop to deny substitute Victor Anichebe.
Neither side, however, was really able to find the quality that was needed in the final third to break the deadlock, and both managers probably ended the 90 minutes happy with a point.