Jose Mourinho has been named Tottenham head coach until the end of the 2023 season.The former Manchester United and Chelsea manager succeeds Mauricio Pochettino, who was sacked on Tuesday with the club 14th in the Premier League table.
Having decided it was time to act, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy drew up a shortlist which included Mourinho, RB Leipzig’s Julian Nagelsmann, former Juventus boss Max Allegri and PSG’s Thomas Tuchel.
Negotiations between Spurs and Mourinho – who had been out of work since he was sacked by United in December – intensified over the last few days and concluded in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
Mourinho was promised funds to improve the squad in January and in the summer transfer window, if he felt necessary.
“I am excited to be joining a club with such a great heritage and such passionate supporters,” said Mourinho. “The quality in both the squad and the academy excites me. Working with these players is what has attracted me.”
He will take training at Hotspur Way on Wednesday ahead of his first game on Saturday – against West Ham at the London Stadium.
“He has a wealth of experience, can inspire teams and is a great tactician. He has won honours at every club he has coached. We believe he will bring energy and belief to the dressing room.”
Mourinho, who lives in London, had turned down job offers in China, Spain and Portugal since leaving United.
Joao Sacremento and Nuno Santos, who have been working as part of French club Lille’s technical staff, have joined Mourinho’s backroom team at Spurs.
Neither of them have worked with Mourinho directly before.
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Levy said he was “reluctant” to sack Pochettino, whose Spurs side lost to Liverpool in last season’s Champions League final, but explained the decision had to be made in the “club’s best interests”.
Mourinho won three Premier League titles with Chelsea, and is one of only three managers to have won the UEFA Champions League twice with two clubs, FC Porto in 2004 and Inter Milan in 2010.
“In Jose, we have one of the most successful managers in football,” Levy said on Wednesday.
Pochettino’s dismissal may have been a shock but it would be no surprise if he returns better than ever…
The first instinct is to pity Mauricio Pochettino.
The man has lost his job, after all. But the outpouring of affection following his departure reveals the truth. He leaves not only with a handsome pay-off but with his reputation intact. Among Tottenham supporters, of course. But just as importantly now, among the wider public too.
The news came as a shock but the outcome can hardly be called a surprise even if that phrase ‘relieved of his duties’ feels deeply unsatisfactory. By his own admission prior to the Champions League final in June, Pochettino’s project came to an end in the summer – a not-so-subtle reference to what has long been brewing behind the scenes.
Much of the fascination now will stem from which party fares best from this parting of the ways. Tottenham are entitled to expect an upturn in results given their measly haul of 25 points from 24 games since February, but it reveals much that it is the discarded coach who is likely to be short odds to clinch a trophy before the club that has sacked him.
Even the Spurs supporters, who have been forced to endure this winter of despair after their spring of hope, will recognise Pochettino is likely to thrive again. They are more aware than anyone the Argentine leaves their club transformed. This has been some journey they have been on together, both figurative and literal.
Under him, Tottenham became Champions League perennials, their appearance in the final coming in the third of what is now four consecutive years in the competition. As a result, turnover has doubled under his watch. With a wonderful new stadium to enjoy, the long-term future is bright.