Mourinho the answer for trophy-hungry Tottenham
Jose Mourinho is the early favourite with the bookmakers to replace Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham, as the Spurs board seek the silverware the fans crave.
Pochettino’s five-year spell has come to an end and the timing – just four days before a return to Premier League action – indicates that the Spurs board already have a replacement lined up.
The Tottenham fans adored Pochettino and the style of football he brought on the pitch, but despite the huge strides it is now 11 years since the club last won a significant trophy.
With a new stadium and several world-class players, everything is in place for Spurs to challenge for the top honours but something is still holding them back – Mourinho could bring the finishing touches.
The Portuguese is not everyone’s cup of tea and his close association with Chelsea will not impress a section of the Spurs faithful. They won’t like the style of play either and would they be willing to give that up in order to see a winning team?
In the long term, they surely would and, let’s face it, there are few that have a better record than Mourinho when it comes to winning trophies.
The 56-year-old has lifted nine pieces of silverware (he will argue 12 but we’re not including the Community Shield!) during his time in charge of English clubs, whilst also winning two Champions League titles, two Serie A crowns and a La Liga success.
Daniel Levy, though, would have to go against his usual stance of canny spending and will face regular appeals from Mourinho to spend big in the transfer market, in order to get the players he wants to reach the next level. Will Levy be able to change his ways and splash the cash?
Rafa Benitez is another similar option to Mourinho, someone who demands the best but also brings a successful top-level track record and has proven he has the ability to improve players.
If Levy decides he wants to build the roots for the future and think long term, then a British manager could be the way he goes with three potential candidates.
Eddie Howe looks like the most likely, with many feeling the Bournemouth manager could have gone stale at the Vitality Stadium and that he may need a new challenge.
The Cherries certainly play the style of football that Tottenham fans have become accustomed to, but could he take the step up to potentially challenge for titles?
Burnley’s Sean Dyche is another who has been talked up as a manager who deserves the chance to lead a big club and now may be his chance. His approach in the transfer market may also suit Levy.
The other would be Brendan Rodgers, who continues to impress at Leicester and looks like leading the Foxes to the top form this season. But the Midlands outfit would demand a big compensation fee for the Northern Irishman, who only took over in February, something the Spurs board won’t be keen on.
Warren Ashurst is senior member of the team and has been working as a journalist for over 20 years. A massive football fan, he also has a depth of knowledge on golf, tennis, cricket and rugby.