Tottenham announce Mourinho as Pochettino replacement

Tottenham announce Mourinho as Pochettino replacement

Tottenham announce Mourinho as Pochettino replacement

Portuguese duo Joao Sacramento and Nuno Santos are to leave their jobs as coaches at Lille in order to become part of compatriot Jose Mourinho's staff at Tottenham Hotspur, the French club said on Wednesday (Nov 20).

Pochettino took Tottenham to the Champions League final in May, which they lost to Liverpool, and ultimately he leaves the club having failed to win any silverware. After finishing in the top four spots of the EPL in the past four seasons, Spurs find themselves mired in 14th place, in the table, and were thrashed 7-2 in the last Champions League match by Bayern Munich.

That being said, some are still reluctant to admit that his relationship with Chelsea is truly over, with others commenting on his plans to sabotage the league during his time at Spurs like he once did at United. Hmm...

"It is not a decision the board has taken lightly, nor in haste".

The mention of Pochettino as a friend to the players was one echoed by Dele Alli, whose own tribute followed similar lines: "I can't thank this man enough".

"People question the Manchester United job, but his career as a whole has been hugely successful, and that's one thing Tottenham have lacked at the moment".

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy, who said Tuesday that he fired Pochettino "extremely reluctantly", said he believed Mourinho "will bring energy and belief" back to the club.

"He's taking over a great team with great players and he's in London, the city that he loves, so for me, it's the flawless match".

Mourinho - appointed until the end of the 2022-23 season - must also deal with a trio of stars in Christian Eriksen, Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld being out of contract at season's end.

He posted on Twitter: "Gaffer".

Mourinho, who famously referred to himself as the "special one" when he first arrived in the Premier League to manage Chelsea in 2004, has since been sacked twice by Chelsea and once by Manchester United. "Good luck with your next chapter!"

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