Jose Mourinho Spurs manager

‘Happy’ Mourinho promises to bring ‘passion’ to Tottenham

Jose Mourinho has expressed his happiness at being named as the new head coach of Tottenham and has promised to bring ‘passion’ to the club.

The former Chelsea and Manchester United boss will aim to become the first manager in history to win major silverware with a third English club, having been named as Mauricio Pochettino’s successor following the Argentine’s sacking this week.

Mourinho has been quick to praise the potential of the club and the quality of the squad available to him at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, with the 56-year-old admitting his delight at being given an opportunity at a third club in the Premier League.

“I couldn’t be happier and if I was not as happy as I am, I wouldn’t be here,” he told Spurs TV.

“What can I promise? Passion – for my job but also passion for my club. It’s a privilege when a manager goes to a club and feels that happiness in relation to the squad that he’s going to have.

“These are not words of the moment. They are not words of me being the Tottenham head coach. These are words that I’ve told and I’ve repeated in the last three, four, five years even as an opponent.

“To play against Tottenham at White Hart Lane was always hard but beautiful. It was one of these places where I used to go with passion but also with respect.”

Mourinho’s reign will begin with a London derby meeting at West Ham on Saturday lunchtime. Tottenham sit 14th in the Premier League and travel to the London Stadium to face their struggling city rivals, their opponents one points and two places behind, with Manuel Pellegrini’s side currently without a win in six league fixtures.

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