The football world was rocked on Tuesday night by the sacking of Tottenham Hotspurs’ manager Mauricio Pochettino. Although Argentine’s seat seemed safe until recently, deteriorating results & dressing room unrest seems to have finally taken his scalp as the Spurs board pulled the trigger.
And today, the club has announced the appointment of Jose Mourinho on a contract that runs until the end of 2022-23 season. The Portuguese was out of a managerial job since being sacked by Manchester United in December 2018. Commenting on the appointment, Chairman Daniel Levy said in an official statement: “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 honors at every club he has coached. We believe he will bring energy and belief to the dressing room.”
Meanwhile, Mourinho said he was excited to join a club that has quality in both the squad & the academy. He also lauded the passionate supporters of the club. Earlier on Tuesday, the club sacked Mauricio Pochettino who was in his fifth year at the club. The highlight of his reign remains the Champions League Final last season. Apart from that, the tactician managed to turn a young exciting squad into efficient machinery which played some good attacking football. They became a regular fixture in the top helms of the English Premier League. Although they started the season in disappointing fashion & that ultimately cost the Argentine his job.
In Mourinho, they get world-class managers who can turn things around. Although his last spell doesn’t necessarily draw excitement, the Spurs board seems to be banking on experience. With one eye at his trophy cabinet, they would hope he can utilize the resources at hand & get the best possible results. There is a contradiction though to the proceedings. Mourinho is a manager known to desire big spending power to match rivals. And the Spurs board headed by Daniel Levy isn’t exactly known for that. How will this arrangement work out for the London club? Only time will tell.