Spurs fans group express Mourinho fears
The Tottenham Hotspur Supporters' Trust says it has "concerns" over Jose Mourinho's appointment as the club's new manager.
Following Mauricio Pochettino’s sacking on Tuesday evening, Spurs wasted little time in appointing Mourinho, the former Manchester United and Chelsea boss making a return to the Premier League after leaving his position at Old Trafford last December.
The Portuguese has a reputation for winning trophies and won the Premier League three times in two separate spells at Stamford Bridge, while he also secured Champions League glory with Porto and Inter Milan. Even though his two-and-a-half year spell in charge of United is not remembered particularly fondly, he still lifted the Europa League and the EFL Cup there and Spurs clearly hope he can enjoy similar success in north London.
However, Spurs fans’ group THST is not convinced the 56-year-old is the right man for the job and has asked the club to clarify how they see Mourinho working with the executive board on a daily basis, while they have expressed fears how the relationship will play out in the coming years after he signed a contract running until the end of the 2022-23 season.
A statement from the fans organisation read: “There are obviously concerns about how Jose and our club’s executive board will work together, and we are sure all fans would appreciate greater clarity on how the club sees this relationship operating in practice.
“The questions around transfer policy, wages and accountability raised in our earlier statement on Mauricio Pochettino’s sacking still apply and we encourage the club to communicate their plans thoroughly and transparently with their fan base. The club must ensure it does not find itself in the same position in two or three years’ time, and we need to hear from the executive board what the long-term thinking behind this appointment is, and how it sees its role.”
Mourinho’s first game in charge of his new club will be a London derby on Saturday when Spurs go to West Ham.
Aidan Perkins is a senior journalist that specialises in football stories. Aidan, a Liverpool fan, also has a broad knowledge of several other sports.