Mourinho in Spurs talks and deal is imminent
Tottenham are locked in talks with Jose Mourinho and a deal could be officially announced at some point on Wednesday.
Spurs were expected to move quickly following the decision to sack Mauricio Pochettino late on Tuesday, and they have wasted no time with their bid to get Mourinho on board.
It is thought that the former Chelsea and Manchester United boss had already been sounded out about taking the job before Pochettino was axed, but talks have since accelerated with the Spurs hot seat now vacant.
Reports are rife that talks between the two parties continued late into Tuesday night and all being well, Mourinho will be unveiled as Tottenham’s new manager on Wednesday.
If the deal does go through as anticipated, the Portuguese’s first game in charge will be the local derby clash against West Ham United at the London Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Mourinho’s first job will be to settle and harmonise a dressing room that will no doubt be unsettled in the aftermath of Pochettino’s departure, but the goal for the season will be a top-four finish and possibly silverware.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is well aware the club can ill afford to miss out on Champions League football and is said to be one of the reasons he took the decision to part company with Pochettino.
Tottenham currently sit 14th in the Premier League table, 11 points behind Manchester City in fourth so closing that gap is going to be a tall order.
The appointment of Mourinho may not go down well with portions of the Spurs faithful, who may not be keen on his style of football and the fact he is a former Chelsea manager.
However the Portuguese has a habit of winning trophies, and despite a successful five years at the club, that is one thing that Pochettino failed to do.
Spurs have yet to make an announcement, but it is thought one is imminent, and Mourinho will be the man to take charge.
Michael Holland is a reporter with over two decades of journalism experience. A Bolton fan, Michael often writes football articles, as well as having a strong knowledge of golf, cricket and Australian sports.