SWITZERLAND, NOVEMBER 20 – Tottenham Hotspur have confirmed the appointment of Jose Mourinho as their new manager after parting ways with former manager, Mauricio Pochettino.
Speaking on their official website, Tottenham said:
We are delighted to announce the appointment of Jose Mourinho as Head Coach on a contract that runs until the end of the 2022/23 season.
Jose is one of the world’s most accomplished managers having won 25 senior trophies. 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).
Commenting on the appointment, Chairman Daniel Levy said: “In Jose we have one of the most successful managers in football. 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.”
Tottenham sacked Mauricio Pochettino last night after a poor start to the season left the club struggling in mid-table.
The Argentine had been under intense scrutiny with Spurs languishing in 14th place in the Premier League with just three league wins all season, a huge fall from grace after he led the side to the Champions League final in the summer.
There had been reports West Ham game would crucial in determining his future, but the club have now decided to act in an attempt to arrest the team’s slump down the table.
‘The Club can today announce that Mauricio Pochettino and his coaching staff Jesus Perez, Miguel D’Agostino and Antoni Jimenez have been relieved of their duties,’ it said in a statement.
Chairman, Daniel Levy, said: ‘We were extremely reluctant to make this change and it is not a decision the Board has taken lightly, nor in haste.
‘Regrettably domestic results at the end of last season and beginning of this season have been extremely disappointing..
‘We shall provide an update on new coaching staff in due course.’
Speculation will be heating up regarding the Argentine’s successor – Leipzig’s Julian Nagelsmann, Napoli’s Carlo Ancelotti and Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe have all been heavily linked.
Reacting to his appointment to Tottenham Hotspur, his third English club, Jose 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.”