Mourinho the right man to steer Spurs to glory?
In the blink of an eye, Jose Mourinho is a Premier League coach once more but can he succeed where Mauricio Pochettino failed and bring silverware to Tottenham?
The relationship between Pochettino and Spurs reached plenty of highs – most notably when reaching last season’s Champions League final – but for all his success, his list of honours in north London won’t even fill the back of a postage stamp.
The Argentine guided Spurs to two finals but came away with a runners-up medal in both, while he also came away with the silver medal when finishing second to Chelsea in the 2016-17 Premier League campaign.
For all the good work he did, transforming Spurs into Champions League regulars and serious title contenders, the lack of a return in terms of trophies is hard to defend.
Now Tottenham have turned to a man who has a track record of delivering silverware wherever he has been as a manager, but at a price.
Mourinho has an incredible 25 major honours on his CV from his time in charge of Chelsea, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Inter Milan and Porto, amongst them two Champions League crowns and eight domestic titles.
The only blot on his copybook would be his stint at Old Trafford but even then he won the EFL Cup and Europa League, while he left with a win percentage of 58.33 per cent. However, his stats mask the complete contempt certain members of the squad had towards ‘The Special One’ at the end of his tenure with his attitude having seemingly isolated him from the squad.
Mourinho is ‘marmite’ as far as players go and it would seem in recent times, more and more players have put themselves in the hate category with his management style feeling a little outdated.
That is the risk you take when it comes to appointing Mourinho but having not won a major title in 11 years, Tottenham seem desperate to end their wait for silverware and chairman Daniel Levy clearly believes he has the team to succeed right now.
However, that wasn’t a view shared by Pochettino, who had reportedly been asking for a major overhaul of the squad for some time, only for his cries to fall on deaf ears.
The Portuguese could have to replace the likes of Christian Eriksen, Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen at the end of the season when their deals expire and they are three players who have been vital to Tottenham’s rise up the ranks.
As he has done at the majority of his previous clubs, Mourinho will want money to spend and he will need it if he’s unable to persuade any of that trio to stay.
They might not be the only players looking to leave either with Pochettino’s sulky demeanour having begun to grate on certain members of the squad. Given his behaviour at Old Trafford, it appears unlikely his successor will be any more approachable around the training ground.
Chairman Levy has not always been forthcoming when it comes to splashing – Spurs not making a signing for 18 months before last summer – and with a new stadium to pay for, Mourinho might not be afforded his usual war chest.
Mourinho is clearly not a long-term appointment, based on his track record, having only once made it beyond three seasons with one club once through his managerial career. That fourth season only lasted six games as well before Chelsea gave him the boot for the first time.
However, with the club in ‘win now’ mode, three seasons is all it could take to firmly put Spurs on the map with Mourinho at the helm.
Chris Rivers is an experienced reporter who closely follows both Arsenal and Wales Rugby Union team. As well as in-depth football and rugby knowledge, Chris is an avid American Football, Formula One and boxing fan.