Mauricio Pochettino has barely had time to clear his desk, but Tottenham Hotspur have moved swiftly to bring in his replacement, appointing Jose Mourinho as the clubs new manager.
It was a news story that moved quickly on Tuesday, the Argentine being removed of his post as Spurs boss just hours after reports of a ‘crisis meeting’ had emerged, the North London club said they reluctantly fired Pochettino due to the club’s “extremely disappointing” start to the season.
Spurs currently sit in 14th in the Premier League, 11 points off the top four, though in fairness the club’s poor run of form stretches back well into last season, their run to the Champions League final only masking what has been an underwhelming 2019.
However, less than 12 hours later, the Spurs faithful have a new manager – former Chelsea and Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho, who has signed a three-and-a-half-year deal at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
It is the Portuguese’s first job since being sacked by United back in December of last year and is the first time in his career in which he has been appointed mid-season having failed to take a job in the summer.
Speaking of his decision to hire Mourinho, Daniel Levy pointed to the 56-year-old’s proven track record, while also seeming to suggest that Pochettino had lost the ‘belief’ of the dressing room.
“In Jose we have one of the most successful managers in football,” Levy said in a statement published on the club website.
“He has a wealth of experience, can inspire teams and is a great tactician. He has won honours at every club he has coached.
“We believe he will bring energy and belief to the dressing room.”
Mourinho’s first game in charge will see him face West Ham United at the weekend, while on December 4th he will take Spurs to face former side Man United.