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Jose Mourinho: New Tottenham manager is 'perfect fit' and will win trophies says Graeme Souness

Graeme Souness believes Jose Mourinho is the “perfect fit” for Tottenham Hotspur and will win trophies with the London club to prove his critics wrong.

Former Manchester United and Chelsea boss Mourinho has been named as the new Spurs head coach following the sacking of Mauricio Pochettino on Tuesday.

Mourinho, who won three Premier League titles with Chelsea, had been out of the game since his reign at United ended in bitter fashion last December.

Souness, the former Liverpool and Newcastle manager, told Sky Sports News: “He is a guy that has won trophies wherever he has been. I would expect him to do the same at Spurs.

“Spurs have won three trophies in 28 years. For a big club that’s just not good enough.

“Spurs are genuinely a big football club and they need someone that can turn what is perceived to be attacking, attractive football into maybe a slightly more pragmatic approach that will put some silverware in the boardroom, and I think he is the perfect fit for them.

“He is an angry man, deep inside. He’s a frustrated man, the way it turned out at United. I think Spurs will reap the benefit of that.

“He knew he was going to go back and he was just waiting for the right one. He loves the English game.

“Our football right now is the one everyone wants to watch. The spotlight is on us. He likes to be in the spotlight. He has got a big personality but he truly is a football person.

“I think Spurs are getting the right man at the right time. He feels he has a point to prove to people who doubted him or were critical of him. He will want to ram those words down his critics’ throats.”

Pochettino, who had been at Spurs since May 2014, made a big impact at the club and secured top-four Premier League finishes in four successive campaigns and reached last season’s Champions League final.

Captain Harry Kane tweeted: “Gaffer. I’ll be forever thankful to you for helping me achieve my dreams. We’ve had some amazing moments in the last 5 and a half years that I will never forget. You were my manager but my friend as well and I thank you for that relationship. Good luck with your next chapter!”

Souness, however, feels the team have failed to kick on and was not surprised by Pochettino’s dismissal.

The Scot said: “It’s been coming. Mauricio Pochettino appeared to be a man who didn’t want to be at Spurs, which seems very strange. It seemed he was unhappy with something.

Mourinho has been a colleague of Souness on Sky Sports this season (Sky Sports)

“I’ve never heard anyone say who’s actually responsible for bringing players to Spurs – was it the manager or someone further up the tree?

“I can only think that is why he was unhappy – someone else is making football decisions.

“But for whatever reason, and it’s not a recent thing, he’s not wanted to be there. He has been a very unhappy bunny.

“Their poor form goes back to last year. I think it was 20 games in total they lost. When teams can lose 20 games in a season against some very ordinary opposition and then get to the final of the Champions League, you’d have to say it was a fluke. That camouflaged the real situation at Spurs.”


This news item was provided by the The Independent - Premier League website - the original link is: https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/premier-league/jose-mourinho-tottenham-manager-latest-news-graeme-souness-sky-sports-a9210216.html

Tottenham news LIVE: Jose Mourinho appointed as new manager after Mauricio Pochettino sacked

Mourinho's time at Manchester United in six peculiar quotes

"Yes, I think (we can). What gives me that belief? It gives me the belief that we are going to make much more points in the second part of the season than we did in the first part. I know we lost some other matches but we played away at Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City - probably the three best teams apart from Tottenham." - Mourinho insists United can finish the season in the top four, despite a 3-1 defeat at Liverpool which left them in sixth place and 11 points off fourth-placed Chelsea on December 16, 2018. He was sacked that week.

"Let me send a message to my lovers and say that I played Champions League for 14 years and I qualified 14 times. And the two years where I didn't play Champions League, I won the Europa League twice, so in 16 years, 14 times I qualify and twice I play Europa League and I won. Just a little curiosity for my lovers and the lovers of the stats." - November 27, 2018, after qualifying for the Champions League knockout stages following Marouane Fellaini's last-gasp winner at home to Young Boys.

"I know it's a big gap but I also know, until the end of December, if I'm not wrong, we have eight Premier League matches to play, and eight Premier League matches, we are speaking about 24 points. Twenty four points for us to fight (for), 24 points for the other ones that are in the top four to fight (for) too, but I believe we are going to be there." - Mourinho believed the Red Devils would be inside the Premier League's top four by the end of 2018 on November 23, 2018.

"Do you know what was the result? Three-nil. Do you know what this means (holding up three fingers)? Three-nil but it also means three Premier Leagues and I won more alone than the other 19 managers together. Three for me and two for them. Respect, respect, respect," - leaving the post-match media conference angry at a perceived lack of respect following the August 27, 2018, 3-0 Premier League loss to Tottenham at Old Trafford.

"You can be a rich club and buy all the best players in the world but you cannot buy class...because I am in the movie I could ask for some royalties," - criticising neighbours Manchester City for their Amazon Prime documentary on August 18, 2018.

"One lie repeated 1,000 times is still a lie, but the perception of the people is that it's true but it's still a lie. So, when you repeat 1,000 times that my relationship with my players is not good, it's a lie that repeated 1,000 times is still a lie," - on August 9, 2018, after the summer transfer window closed without United adding the centre-back he craved.


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Jose Mourinho's Tottenham backroom staff: Who will join Portuguese at Spurs?

Jose Mourinho is back after replacing Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham Hotspur.

Manchester United paid Mourinho and his staff around £20m to leave Old Trafford last year.

The move to ditch Pochettino will cost Daniel Levy a similarly exorbitant figure.

Mourinho has a trusted group around him, though he has lost Rui Faria, his long-time assistant, who left United in 2018 after 17 years alongside his mentor.

But who will join Mourinho at Spurs?

Mourinho said earlier this year that he intends to assemble a different group of staff.

“I’m thinking, I’m studying, I’m producing things all the time,” Mourinho said.

“I go to different sports and I analyse them, I meet my future staff because my future staff is going to be different than my previous because I think it is the moment for a few changes.”

But he will surely retain some of the last group of staff at Manchester United, Silvino Louro is highly likely to join him once again at Spurs.

Mourinho attended Wimbledon and the British Grand Prix during his time off (PA)

Silvino Louro

Both a first team coach and a goalkeeper coach over the years with Mourinho, the former Portugal international is one of his most trusted members of staff.

Ricardo Formosinho

A scout at United, a former midfielder with an extensive managerial career, including a spell in charge of Kuala Lumpur.

Giovanni Cerra

An analyst at United, Cerra once received a telling off from Mourinho at Old Trafford for failing to deliver adequate instructions to Paul Pogba before a Europa League game against Zorya Luhanska.

Stefano Rapetti

The head of fitness at United under Mourinho, joining in the summer of 2018, having worked with Mourinho at Inter.

Carlos Lalín 

Another key man on physical preparation, the Venezuelan was a fitness coach at Old Trafford under Mourinho.


This news item was provided by the The Independent - Premier League website - the original link is: https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/premier-league/jose-mourinho-tottenham-backroom-staff-spurs-2019-news-assistant-coach-a9210226.html

Jose Mourinho's Tottenham backroom staff: Who will join Portuguese at Spurs?

Jose Mourinho is back after replacing Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham Hotspur.

Manchester United paid Mourinho and his staff around £20m to leave Old Trafford last year.

The move to ditch Pochettino will cost Daniel Levy a similarly exorbitant figure.

Mourinho has a trusted group around him, though he has lost Rui Faria, his long-time assistant, who left United in 2018 after 17 years alongside his mentor.

But who will join Mourinho at Spurs?

Mourinho said earlier this year that he intends to assemble a different group of staff.

“I’m thinking, I’m studying, I’m producing things all the time,” Mourinho said.

“I go to different sports and I analyse them, I meet my future staff because my future staff is going to be different than my previous because I think it is the moment for a few changes.”

But he will surely retain some of the last group of staff at Manchester United, Silvino Louro is highly likely to join him once again at Spurs.

Mourinho attended Wimbledon and the British Grand Prix during his time off (PA)

Silvino Louro

Both a first team coach and a goalkeeper coach over the years with Mourinho, the former Portugal international is one of his most trusted members of staff.

Ricardo Formosinho

A scout at United, a former midfielder with an extensive managerial career, including a spell in charge of Kuala Lumpur.

Giovanni Cerra

An analyst at United, Cerra once received a telling off from Mourinho at Old Trafford for failing to deliver adequate instructions to Paul Pogba before a Europa League game against Zorya Luhanska.

Stefano Rapetti

The head of fitness at United under Mourinho, joining in the summer of 2018, having worked with Mourinho at Inter.

Carlos Lalín 

Another key man on physical preparation, the Venezuelan was a fitness coach at Old Trafford under Mourinho.


This news item was provided by the The Independent - Premier League website - the original link is: https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/premier-league/jose-mourinho-tottenham-backroom-staff-spurs-2019-news-assistant-coach-a9210226.html

Tottenham fixtures: Jose Mourinho's key dates as he starts life as new Spurs manager

Jose Mourinho is the new manager of Tottenham Hotspur.

The 56-year-old Portuguese replaces Mauricio Pochettino who was sacked as boss on Tuesday evening after five-and-a-half years in charge.

“I am excited to be joining a club with such a great heritage and such passionate supporters,” Mourinho said upon his appointment. “The quality in both the squad and the academy excites me. Working with these players is what has attracted me.”

Mourinho, who won three Premier League titles in two spells with Chelsea, had been out of management since leaving United in December last year.

Here we take a look at the key dates in Mourinho’s start in north London:

November 23 – West Ham (away)

Mourinho’s first game in charge is a London derby on Saturday. The sides are just a point apart in the table with the Hammers, in 16th, having slumped after a bright start to the campaign. Spurs have not won in their last five league games but, after the surprise exit of Mauricio Pochettino, it will be interesting to see how the players respond.

December 4 – Manchester United (away)

Mourinho’s appointment at Tottenham indicates his reputation has not been overly damaged by the bitter end to his two-and-a-half-year stint at United, but the trip to Old Trafford early in his Spurs tenure will be a reminder of where things went wrong. United’s form has been patchy this term, and this will be an intriguing contest.

December 11 – Bayern Munich (away)

The Portuguese has been linked with a number of positions over the last 11 months, including the hotseat at German giants Bayern. The rumours may not have developed into anything serious but the club’s profile would undoubtedly have suited him. This Champions League glamour clash will instantly appeal, although Spurs – who were thrashed 7-2 by Bayern in October – will hope to have already secured their last-16 place.

Serge Gnabry starred as Bayern thrashed Tottenham last time ( Reuters)

December 22 – Chelsea (home)

Barely a month into his reign, Mourinho will have to face another of his former clubs. He had some happy and successful times at Chelsea but, again, things ended in acrimony. Plenty of water has passed under the bridge at Stamford Bridge since and the current side are thriving under Frank Lampard – who starred playing under Mourinho at Stamford Bridge – but, with little love between the two sets of fans, a feisty encounter awaits.

January 11 – Liverpool (home)

Mourinho will be able to measure his side against the Premier League’s best in the new year, with the game against Liverpool followed by a visit from champions Manchester City on February 1. Liverpool have been the outstanding team of the season so far. In the recent past Spurs have tackled them head on, playing a similar style, but Mourinho may try to nullify them in the way his United sides did.


This news item was provided by the The Independent - Premier League website - the original link is: https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/premier-league/jose-mourinho-tottenham-news-fixtures-schedule-chelsea-manchester-united-latest-a9210196.html