Tottenham have a ‘special’ new manager in the shape of Jose Mourinho.
The former Manchester United and Chelsea boss has signed a three-and-a-half year contract to replace Mauricio Pochettino in the White Hart Lane dugout.
Pochettino only left the club on Tuesday evening, after five-and-a-half years in charge, but Spurs moved quickly to bring in Mourinho, who was at the club’s training ground less than 24 hours later.
Pochettino was axed as manager just six months after guiding the club to the Champions League final, with the club 14th in the Premier League.
It was claimed soon after the Argentine’s exit that Spurs chiefs had sounded out Mourinho, with the Portuguese still without a job following his sacking from Manchester United last December.
And the club announced his arrival early on Wednesday morning, with ‘The Special One’ penning a deal until 2023.
He will assisted at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium by Joao Sacramento, Carlos Lalin, Nuno Santos, Ricardo Formosinho and Giovanni Cerra,
Joao joins as assistant head coach from Ligue 1 side Lille, where he worked in a similar role, while Nuno has also moved from Lille and becomes goalkeeper coach.
Carlos, who previously worked with Mourinho at Chelsea, Manchester United and Real Madrid, will take up the position of fitness coach, while Ricardo and Giovanni take up the roles of tactical analyst and technical analyst. respectively.
Mourinho also took his first training session as Spurs boss on Wednesday and below you can see the pictures of the special one back at work.
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From their statement alone, it is clear why chairman Daniel Levy saw Mourinho as the perfect replacement for Pochettino and build on the Argentine’s success at the club.
“Jose is one of the world’s most accomplished managers having won 25 senior trophies,” the statement continued.
“He is renowned for his tactical prowess and has managed FC Porto, Inter Milan, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Manchester United.
“He has won a domestic title in a record four different countries (Portugal, England, Italy and Spain) 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. He is also a three-time Premier League Champion with Chelsea (2005, 2006, 2015).”
The signing of Mourinho is third time lucky for chairman Levy, who has made previous attempts to hire the manager and he said his arrival can bring ‘energy and belief to the dressing room’ after a poor start to the campaign under Pochettino.
“In Jose we have one of the most successful managers in football,” he said.
“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.”
Speaking on his appointment, Mourinho said: “I am excited to be joining a Club with such a great heritage and such passionate supporters.
“The quality in both the squad and the academy excites me. Working with these players is what has attracted me.”
It’s taken less than a year for Mourinho to return to the Premier League.
The coach has been working as a regular pundit for Sky Sports since leaving United last year, and has turned down a number of opportunities to coach abroad, including with clubs in China, Spain and Portugal.
One of his former players, Ashley Cole, was surprised by the appointment.
Obviously he was a Chelsea man and then went to Man United, and now he’s back,” he told talkSPORT.
“I appreciate the work he did at Chelsea and what he tried to do at Man United, and this is going to be a tough test for him. It is something different for him.
“But I think he will do well; he is a great coach and a great manager,” adding that bitterness between the Premier League sides will count for nothing.
“When people talk about that sort of stuff, when they talk about rivalry, at the end of the day he wants a job and wants to get back into work.
“It’s a great job for him to take.”
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