Tottenham Hotspur parted ways with Argentinian manager Mauricio Pochettino after more than five years at the club, with chairman Daniel Levy making it clear the departure was a sacking rather than a parting of ways through mutual consent.
Despite the indifferent start to the season for Spurs, it still came as quite a shock for the 47-year-old to be sacked – coming just six months after Pochettino lead Spurs to their first Champions League final, losing to Liverpool in Madrid.
Tensions were clear following that 2-0 defeat at the Wanda Metropolitano, especially fuelled by Pochettino suggesting that had Tottenham won the match he’d have likely quit on a high note.
Either way, regardless of the reasons reported, Pochettino’s time at Tottenham had now come to an end – and instantly the rumours of who was set to succeed him began to swirl.
Except, they didn’t have long to develop. The very next morning, Levy drop his second seismic footballing news of the week, when he unveiled Jose Mourinho as the new manager in the Spurs dugout.
The former Chelsea and Manchester United boss has been without a club since his exit from Old Trafford, and signed a contract with Spurs until the end of the 2022-23 season.
Speaking about his new appointment, the 56-year-old Portuguese manager said: “The quality in both the squad and the academy excites me. Working with these players is what attracted me.”
Levy called his new man “one of the most successful managers in football”.
The move to the English capital has financially benefitted Mourinho, with his basic salary said to be around £8m a year after teax.
Coaches Joao Sacramento and Nuno Santos will join Mourinho’s backroom staff, their current club Lille confirmed, while fitness coach Carlos Lalin and tactical analyst Giovanni Cerra are also set to join up with Mourinho at Tottenham – having both worked under the Portuguese manager during his spell at Manchester United.
Mourinho’s first match in charge is a trip to West Ham United on Saturday.