Former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon believes Jose Mourinho only took the Tottenham job as he became ‘fed up’ of waiting for Zinedine Zidane to leave the Bernabeu.
Mourinho replaced Mauricio Pochettino as boss on Wednesday in a surprise and swift managerial switch, with the Portuguese brought in to rescue Spurs’ season and take the club to the next level.
His arrival has been met with a largely mixed reaction from supporters, with some angry about the axe of their beloved boss and the club’s choice of replacement, while others are excited to see what heights Spurs can reach under a coach who has won everything club football has to offer.
However, Calderon told talkSPORT it is likely Tottenham would have been a Plan B for the Special One, as he was really eyeing a return to the Santiago Bernabeu hotseat.
Speaking on Thursday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the ex-Real chief said: “I think Mourino took this opportunity [because] he was perhaps fed up waiting for Zidane to be sacked or step down.
“So finally he took advantage of this very good opportunity.
“It’s a great club that is now in a bad position [in the table].
“They have a fantastic stadium, a great president and the team is quite good, so it’s a great opportunity for all of them.”
Now, the biggest question on everyone’s lips is, where next for Pochettino?
The Argentine is yet to make a public comment about his departure after five-and-a-half years in charge in north London, or his future plans.
A move to another Premier League club is on the cards, with Manchester United and even Spurs’ arch rivals Arsenal mooted as potential destinations.
He was also recently linked with move to Real Madrid, who even had an enquiry for the manager shut down by the English side in the summer on 2018.
But Calderon believes that ship has sailed, for now at least.
Asked if Pochettino could return to Spain next, Calderon replied: “Maybe.
“He’s a very good coach with a lot of prestige here in Spain.
“Real Madrid was thinking about him and asked Levy if they could sign him, but he didn’t like it and he didn’t come because of that.
“But Zidane is strong here now, we are leading LaLiga and for sure we’re going to be qualified for the knock out rounds in the Champion Leagues, so there’s no point [no reason] for Real Madrid [to bring in Pochettino].
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