Paul Merson makes prediction about Jose Mourinho at Tottenham Hotspur
Paul Merson says Jose Mourinho has been brought in to help Tottenham finish in the top four
Paul Merson is tipping Jose Mourinho to successfully steer Tottenham Hotspur to a top-four finish in the Premier League this season.
Mourinho was brought in as the club’s new manager last week after Spurs opted to sack Mauricio Pochettino and replace him with the Portuguese head coach.
The former Chelsea FC and Manchester United boss has made a winning start to his Spurs career, with Tottenham having beaten West Ham in the Premier League at the weekend before beating Olympiakos 4-2 in the Champions League on Tuesday night.
Tottenham are currently in 10th place in the Premier League table and Mourinho’s first task will be to steer the Lilywhites back into the top four.
And former Arsenal star Merson seems to think that Mourinho is the right man to guide the Lilywhites to Champions League qualification this season.
Writing in his column for Sky Sports, Merson said: “Jose Mourinho has been brought in at Tottenham to get into the top four.
“They’ve just moved into an unbelievable stadium, one of the best in the world. They can’t be without Champions League football after one season.
“Who’s the best manager in the world in terms of hitting the ground running? It’s Mourinho. He’s the one person you’re guaranteed to get results straightaway.
“There’s no six months of bedding in. He is a quick fix and he starts the season like it’s the last game. You rarely see his team coming back from 12 points behind and he ticks the boxes for Tottenham.
“But in terms of his goal, there’s no point Tottenham finishing fifth and winning the FA Cup. This is a money business.
“Winning the FA Cup is a trophy, and they’ve not won one in a long time, but at the same time, the owners will be quietly sat there thinking we’ve brought you in to finish in the top four.”
Tottenham Hotspur will return to Premier League action on Saturday afternoon when they host Bournemouth at their home ground.
They will then take on Manchester United away from home in the Premier League on Wednesday 4 December as Mourinho prepares for a return to Old Trafford for the first time since his sacking in December 2018.