Football: Jose Mourinho appointed at Tottenham Hotspur after Mauricio Pochettino sacked
Jose Mourinho has been appointed Tottenham manager, succeeding Mauricio Pochettino who was sacked on Tuesday (yesterday). The Former Chelsea and Manchester United boss has signed a contract until the end of the 2022-23 season.
"The quality in both the squad and the academy excites me," said the 56-year-old Portuguese. "Working with these players is what has attracted me."
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy said: "In Jose we have one of the most successful managers in football." He added: "He (Mourinho) 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 still lives in London and won three Premier League titles and one FA Cup in two spells at Chelsea, while he won the Europa League and Carabao Cup with Manchester United. He has also previously managed Portuguese side Porto - where he won the Champions League - Italian club Inter Milan, with whom he claimed a league, cup and Champions League Treble, and Spanish team Real Madrid, who he led to the La Liga title, but has been out of work since being sacked as Manchester United manager in December 2018. The Portuguese has turned down a number of job opportunities, including in China, Spain and Portugal, since leaving Old Trafford. He takes over a Spurs side that are 14th in the Premier League and without a win in their last five games.
BBC sports editor Dan Roan said: 'Spurs have never hired a manager as expensive or demanding as Mourinho, nor spent the kind of money on players that he became accustomed to at clubs such as Real Madrid and Manchester United. But Spurs have come a long way in recent years under Pochettino. They have a new £1bn stadium and training ground, and spent four successive seasons in the Champions League. They now have a European pedigree, and a hugely talented squad.'
Tottenham reached the Champions League final last season under Pochettino but lost to Liverpool in Madrid. The Argentinian, who was appointed in May 2014, failed to win a trophy in his time in charge of the north London club with Spurs' last silverware being the League Cup in 2008.
The BBC's chief football writer, Phil McNulty, also added: 'Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy made no attempt to disguise the ruthless decision that prompted the departure of Mauricio Pochettino - this was a sacking, not a parting of ways dressed up as mutual consent.It will be seen by many as an extraordinary move, coming just months after the Argentine took Spurs to their first Champions League final, against Liverpool in Madrid.With hindsight, Tottenham's 2-0 defeat was the beginning of the end.Something was broken that night and it has not been the same since for the club and their now ex-manager. Sir Alex Ferguson used to talk about "the four-year cycle" at Manchester United, the crucial time when a team needs refreshing, fresh voices need to be heard, fresh ideas implemented by new players. Pochettino, because of a financial straightjacket, could not do that. This season he performed like a stale manager in charge of a stale squad.'
Pochettino's departure comes as no real surprise, nor do the restrictions imposed by the financial issues arising from the construction of Tottenham's new stadium. Just across North London, Arsenal and then manager Arsene Wenger had a similar problem. The significance of the new stadium for the Gunners is that since it opened, Arsenal have not looked like winning much, apart from the FA Cup - title aspirations appear to have gone out of the window, as has pretensions of winning in Europe. Are Spurs heading in the same direction?
Mourinho has been out of the game for almost a year but retained a home in London and although his tribulations at Manchester United saw him lose his 'Special One' status, his many achievements in the game still command widespread respect. Was he the right 'fit' in Manchester however? Some say not and will it be the same now in North London?
Pochettino will be in demand somewhere and there are plenty of clubs, big clubs with a trophy-winning track record, that will be looking to replace their current bosses - despite those same bosses having their own winning records.
Wherever the Argentinian ends up, he can be certain of one thing; he will, at some point, get sacked again. Just as Jose Mourinho will and just as all those other managers will. The not-so-merry-go-round of managerial hirings and firings goes on.
And usually aimlessly round and round.