Can Jose Mourinho bring silverware to Tottenham?
Jose Mourinho replaced Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham last week
Jose Mourinho has been appointed as the new manager of Tottenham Hotspur following the sacking of Mauricio Pochettino.
The ex-Spurs manager was sacked by Tottenham’s chairman, Danial Levy, after five years at the helm. It comes after a poor start to this season’s Premier League campaign, where, Spurs currently lie in 14th position in the table, having only been able to record three wins from twelve games.
Pochettino was appointed as the Tottenham manager in May 2014. He enjoyed a good reign and is considered to have been the best manager the club has had since the club’s golden days back in the 1960s.
The high point of the Argentinian’s career with the north Londoners was undoubtedly leading them to last year’s Champions League final where they lost 2-0 to Liverpool in Madrid. He also led Spurs to a League Cup final in his first full year at the helm.
Pochettino oversaw the club finish third in the Premier League on two occasions, as well as fourth-placed finish last season.
During his time at Spurs, he also had to make the best of not having a home ground. Tottenham used Wembley for 18 months while their new stadium was built.
But the truth of the matter is that although highly thought of, Pochettino did not add any silverware whatsoever to the club’s trophy cabinet.
His sacking certainly goes to prove what many people think; that long-term football managers are a thing of the past. Indeed, it seems highly unlikely that we will see managers being retained as long as Manchester United’s Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger were, ever again.
Daniel Levy is reported as saying that the club was reluctant to make the decision to fire Pochettino. It was, he said, not taken lightly or in haste. But Spurs have certainly not let the grass grow under their feet. Another foreign manager, Portuguese, Jose Mourinho, took his place. Mourinho was fired last December by Manchester United.
But has the North London club chosen the right man? Speaking about the new move, Levy has said that Mourinho is one of the most successful managers in world football. He added that Mourinho has a wealth of experience and that he is an excellent tactician capable of inspiring the teams he manages.
More importantly for Spurs fans, he has won silverware at all of the clubs he has coached. Levy also made the point that the so-called “Special One” will bring a welcome relief and new energy into the players’ dressing room.
Tottenham will be the third Premier League side that the Portuguese has managed. He has signed a three-year contract that will run up until the end of the 2022/23 season.
Mourinho says that he is excited about joining a club with such a great heritage and such a passionate fan base. He added that both the squad of players and the academy excite him and that it is working with these players that has piqued his interest.
So, a new era has dawned for Tottenham Hotspur. The supporters will be hoping that the special one’s time in charge will take the club to new heights.