Graeme Souness has backed Jose Mourinho for success at Tottenham and believes the club have appointed the ‘right man at the right time’.
The former Manchester United and Chelsea manager has returned to the Premier League for a spell at a third top-flight club, being named as Mauricio Pochettino’s successor following the Argentine’s dismissal earlier this week.
Mourinho’s appointment at Tottenham gives the 56-year-old the opportunity to become the first manager in history to win major silverware with a third English club, and Souness has backed the two-times Champions League winner to bring trophies to North London.
“He is a guy that has won trophies wherever he has been. I would expect him to do the same at Spurs,” Souness told Sky Sports News.
“Spurs have won three trophies in 28 years. For a big club that’s just not good enough.
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– Tottenham in their entire history: 24
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“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.”
Souness’ comments come after the pair have spent the opening weeks of the season working together as pundits for Sky Sports, and he believes that the disappointing end to his reign at Old Trafford last December will have reignited the fire in the Portuguese to be successful once again.
“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.”