Jose Mourinho has been appointed Tottenham head coach until the end of the 2023 season. The Portuguese coach will replace Mauricio Pochettino, who was fired yesterday just six months after leading the London-based team to the Champions League final.
Negotiations between Spurs and Mourinho – who had been out of work since he was sacked by United in December – intensified over the last few days and concluded in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
According to Daniel Levy, the chairman of the north London-based team, in a statement 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 honors at every club he has coached. We believe he will bring energy and belief to the dressing room.”
Mourinho, who lives in London, inherits a Tottenham side that has won just five matches all season. Speaking after 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.”
This is Mourinho’s third stint as manager at an English Premier League club. He was in the dugout for Chelsea twice and most recently Manchester United. The experienced coach has also managed FC Porto and Inter Milan – guiding both sides to success in Europe’s most prestigious club competition, the Champions League – as well as Spanish giants Real Madrid, where he won the league title and the Copa del Rey.
He will spearhead the team’s training today ahead of his first game on Saturday – against West Ham at the London Stadium.