English Premier League: Jose Mourinho replaces Mauricio Pochettino in Tottenham.
Jose Mourinho has returned to the Premier League as the head of Tottenham.
For several months, Mourinho had hoped that a challenge to his measure would come to him. Everything good comes to those who wait, and the tactician was finally rewarded.
Several months after his ouster from Manchester United, the Special One is back in the Premier League. The Lusitanian has been chosen by Tottenham to replace Mauricio Pochettino, dismissed from his duties on Tuesday night. Tottenham will be his 3rd club in England after Chelsea and Manchester United.
"We are delighted to announce the arrival of Jose Mourinho as the coach for a contract that runs until the end of the season 2022/23," reads the Spurs official statement.
“With Jose, we have one of the coaches at the top. He has a wealthier experience, he can inspire teams and he is a great tactician. He won wherever he went. We believe he will bring energy and faith into the locker room,” justified President Daniel Levy.
The Londoners, 14th in the Premier League, 20 points behind the Liverpool leader and 11 points behind in the qualifying places for the next Champions League, have handed the reins of the squad to the native of Setubal, who is happy to return to business. He will have to raise the bar on the national stage and qualify Tottenham for the Round of 16 Champions League.
Sacked last December from Manchester United, Mourinho, 56, has been waiting for a prestigious offer to reach him and even refused a golden offer from China.
"When you are in May, you say to yourself: June, the football holidays, July, pre-season, August resumption of the championships, September nobody fires anyone. So you say to yourself, God, we're going to have to wait until October, November, December. In the next two or three months, many things can happen," said Mourinho in the Telegraph columns.
The Special One would have a new one in mind: to become the first coach to win major trophies with three different English stables. He won, among other titles, the Premier League on several occasions with Chelsea (2005, 2006 and 2015) and then the Europa League and English League Cup with Manchester United (2017).
The departure of Pochettino was not so surprising considering the recent outings of the Argentine tactician and the conflicting relations with his now-former president Daniel Levy.
"Mauricio and his staff will always be part of our story. I have tremendous admiration for the way he handled difficult situations far from home while building the new stadium and for the positivity he brought. I would like to thank them and his team for all they have brought. They will always be welcome here," said Levy.
This season started badly for Spurs, as they sat at 14th place in the league. For the first time, they have made huge investments. More than 100 million euros have been spent, to recruit, among others, Tanguy Ndombele and Ryan Sessegnon.
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