Whilst Spurs’ 2019 form has been well below expectation they did reach the Champions League final but that hasn’t been enough to keep Mauricio Pochettino in a job past Christmas. For the record it was just 171 days since that Madrid evening.
On Tuesday evening, with the International break almost over an announcement was made from the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium that left most of us stunned.
A short statement included the usual cliché lines “It is not a decision the board has taken lightly, nor in haste. Regrettably domestic results at the end of last season and beginning of this season have been extremely disappointing.”
The former Southampton boss has guided his charges through some tough times and will be considered as having done a good job with all things taken into account. They played away from “home” for two seasons, the club appeared to have a self-imposed transfer ban during the same period, mounted a serious title challenge, led the club into their new state of the art ground and the afore mentioned Champions League final just last season.
It may have been some of his transfer dealings that will have riled the difficult-to-please Mr Levy, a man who wants a return on his investments. A possible blot of Poch’s copy book along with their current domestic difficulties.
As we all know football can be an unforgiving sport and there is very little room for loyalty, so for all of the praise that the Argentine will walk away with – he was replaced within hours.
That man – Mourinho, is back in the Premier League and this time it’s surely all or nothing as he attempts to rebuild a reputation.
As morning broke on Wednesday an early announcement from Tottenham confirmed the news that the former Chelsea and Manchester United Manager had signed a 3.5yr deal.
If we believe what we read, then discussions have been ongoing for weeks and a huge £288k per week deal has been agreed with the Portuguese “special one.” A salary believed to be twice that of the departing boss.
In recent times the man who arrived in the UK with charisma and a self-imposed arrogance has been reduced to a shadow of his former self.
Could this be due to the emergence of the likes of Klopp?
Are Jose’s tactics outdated?
Given his past and the many doubters, he has the task of winning them round. He’ll be looking a quick start, interestingly he has never lost his opening games with a new club and he’ll be desperate for that record to be upheld this weekend.
Both Mourinho and his newly assembled backroom team must put their stamp on the inherited squad, a squad that has wantaway men, out-of-form big names and perhaps more importantly in need of a result to kickstart their faltering campaign.
What must be said is that Jose is a serial winner.
Since Tottenham’s last trophy back in 2003 Mourinho has a massive 25 titles to his name and it’s that kind of record that makes him a lucrative prospect to a club that craves silverware.
There is little doubt that this is the biggest test of Jose Mourinho’s managerial career.
This is a total gamble from the Tottenham board, they’ve thrown the dice and are praying for a six.
The big decision has been made and the new, possible career defining era begins at West Ham on Saturday lunchtime.
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