Tottenham Hotspur Have To Be Wary Of Jose Mourinho Appointment

Tottenham Hotspur stunned the footballing world last night when they announced that they had decided to sack first team boss Mauricio Pochettino (Via BBC Sport).

It’s true that Spurs have had their struggles this season; they’re currently sitting fourteenth in the Premier League and were thumped 7-2 at home to Bayern Munich in the Champions League (Youtube highlights).

But that doesn’t hide all the accomplishments Pochettinho has brought to The Lilywhites. He has made the North London club a consistent top four side, he’s built a very strong squad and he guided his team to last season’s Champions League final.

Personally, I feel Mauricio deserved more time to turn things around at The Tottenham Hotspur Stadium but my opinion counts for nothing. The man that matters in this situation is chairman Daniel Levy. It looks as though Poch and the Spurs head honcho’s relationship has been strained for a while and as soon as results took a dip Pochettino was running the gauntlet against the sack.

Today Tottenham Hotspur announced that they have made former Chelsea and Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho their new manager (Source The Guardian).

I can see why Daniel Levy would be so interested in the Portuguese manager. Mourinho is a serial winner and The Lilywhites have been the nearly men for too long now, maybe Jose can be the experienced one to get them finally over the line and bring in some much needed silverware.

Levy practically said as much in his statement confirming Jose as his new boss:

 “In Jose we have one of the most successful managers in football. He has a wealth of experience, can inspire teams and is a great tactician. He has won honours at every club he has coached. We believe he will bring energy and belief to the dressing room.”


Yet I would definitely urge caution when it comes to Mourinho.

Pochettino seemed irritated with Tottenham’s summer transfer business. He stated to the press:

“I am not in charge, I know nothing about the situation of my players,”

“I am only coaching them, trying to get the best from them.”

“These types of things, what will happen, what will not happen, selling and buying of players, extending contracts, not extending contracts, I think it is not in my hands. It is in the club hands, and Daniel Levy. At the moment I am managing the team in the best way possible.”

“Maybe the club need to change my title description, because my job now is to coach the team.”

Via Sky Sports

Former Champions League winning boss Mourinho will definitely want more of a say in transfer dealings. He was very unhappy at the lack of signings made at Old Trafford during his last summer at Man United and he’ll actually be more vocal about any negative issues than Mauricio ever was a Tottenham Hotspur. The fact that Jose has been announced as Tottenham’s new ‘Head Coach’ will have raised a few eyebrows!

A lot of the time it seemed as if the Argentine Mauricio was the glue that kept the talented pool together, Mourinho could come in and find a fair few of his squad questioning their futures.

Jose also seemed to lose his edge at United. He couldn’t get the most out of his young, talented squad. Will he be able to get more from those he’ll inherit at Spurs? I’m not convinced.

Poch was very good at keeping the majority of his squad happy. It was his commitment that saw so many talented players commit their futures at the club. Mourinho on the other hand creates divisions. In his last three jobs (Real Madrid, Chelsea and Man Utd) Jose’s players lost faith in him and his ways. That ultimately led to his downfall in all those top jobs!

The ‘Special One’ also likes to be more pragmatic with his team’s style and I’m not sure that with suit the Spurs crowd or their players.

As an outsider looking in, I just think Jose Mourinho might be a wrong fit for Tottenham Hotspur. But as I’ve already stated it’s Daniel Levy’s decision as it was to get rid of Mauricio Pochettino, will it end up being a decision he regrets? Only time will tell.

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