Jose Mourinho has said how “excited” he is to step in as Tottenham manager after replacing Mauricio Pochettino.
“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,” Mourinho said. “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.
“I really like this squad and looking to the young players – there is not one manager in the world that doesn’t like to play young players and to help young players to develop. There is not one.
“The problem is that sometimes you get into clubs where the work that is below you is not good enough to produce these players so I look to our history and you see that the academy is always giving the talents that the first team needs. And, of course, I also look forward to work with that profile.”
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy stunned world football late last night by announcing they had decided to part ways with Pochettino after a slow start to the campaign.
But the north London outfit have wasted no time in finding their replacement by snapping up Mourinho.
“The quality in both the squad and the academy excites me. Working with these players is what has attracted me.”
Mourinho has been out of management since leaving Manchester United in December last year.
Pochettino had spent five years at White Hart Lane, turning them into a perennial Champions League team, leading them to the final last season.
Mauricio Pochettino had struggled to turn around results. But he had managed to pick up just three wins from their opening 12 league games this campaign, ultimately leading to his dismissal.
Levy admitted it was a difficult decision to axe the Argentine coach.
“We were extremely reluctant to make this change and it is not a decision the Board has taken lightly, nor in haste. Regrettably domestic results at the end of last season and beginning of this season have been extremely disappointing.
“It falls to the Board to make the difficult decisions – this one made more so given the many memorable moments we have had with Mauricio and his coaching staff – but we do so in the Club’s best interests.”
Mourinho has now signed a deal keeping him at the club until 2023. And the 56-year-old will take charge of his first game as Tottenham boss on Saturday when they travel to West Ham.
Author: Sports Reporter