‘It might work’: BBC Sport pundit comments on Jose Mourinho’s arrival at Tottenham
Garth Crooks has his say on Jose Mourinho's appointment as Tottenham Hotspur's new manager
Garth Crooks believes that Jose Mourinho could be the man to bring success to Tottenham Hotspur.
The Portuguese head coach was brought in as Mauricio Pochettino’s successor at the north London club last week after Spurs opted to part company with their Argentine head coach.
Mourinho took charge of his first Premier League game as Spurs boss on Saturday lunchtime as his side claimed a 3-2 victory over West Ham United in Stratford.
The 56-year-old takes over at the north London club almost a year after having been sacked by Manchester United, with the Portuguese coach having also been sacked by Chelsea FC previously.
Mourinho has a point to prove when it comes to his coaching in the Premier League – and his first task will be steering Spurs closer to the top four in the top-flight table.
BBC Sport pundit Crooks has openly admitted that he has been one of Mourinho’s harshest critics in recent years – but he feels that he could actually be a perfect fit for the Lilywhites.
Writing in his column for BBC Sport, Crooks said: “He’s poked a fellow coach in the eye, and argued and pushed others on the touchline, but promises not to make the same mistakes in the future. I’m not entirely sure I believe him.
“What is clear is that Jose Mourinho is on a massive charm offensive. How long he can hold it together is anyone’s guess.
“The new Tottenham manager has been handed one of the best squads in the country, the best stadium in the world and one of the best academies in the game – and that is all accompanied by state-of-the-art training facilities.
“If Mourinho can’t win trophies at this club, he should consider retiring from football permanently.
“Let’s face it, that’s why he’s been hired – to win trophies. He can be rude and truculent. However, what he can do is win silverware.
“I have been one of Mourinho’s biggest critics over the past two years but Spurs are a very different club to Manchester United and this relationship might work.
“The moment you start hearing Spurs fans chanting Mourinho’s name, you’ll know it is.”
Tottenham currently sit in 10th place in the Premier League table and they will return to top-flight action next weekend when they take on Bournemouth on Saturday afternoon.