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Can José Mourinho change the culture at Tottenham?

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Jose Mourinho has been named Tottenham Head Coach until the end of the 2023 season. Jose Mourinho, known as the special one in coaching has taken the football world by storm, since taking charge of Porto in 2002. The former Manchester United and Chelsea boss replaces Mauricio Pochettino, who was sacked on Tuesday with the club 14th in the Premier League. Mauricio Pochettino was fired just six months after leading the London based team to the champion’s league final. Tottenham will be the third English Premier League club that Mourinho has managed.

Mourinho track Record in coaching

Jose Mourinho started his coaching career at Barcelona, he worked under Luis Van Gaal and Sir Bobby Robson respectively. He later moved to Porto, where he won the UEFA champions league before Chelsea came calling. He spent 3 seasons at Chelsea, winning the premier league twice, FA Cup, and the league cup twice. In 2008 Mourinho joined Italian club Inter Milan, where he won the European treble of Serie A, Coppa Italia, and UEFA champions’ league. The first time an Italian club has achieved this. In 2010 Real Madrid came calling; he spent three seasons at the Bernabeu where he won the La Liga and the Copa Del Rey. Jose later returned to the premiership for a second spell with Chelsea. In his second spell at Chelsea he won the premier league and the league cup before departing for the second time in 2015. Mourinho signed a three deal as a manager for Manchester United in May 2016. He won three trophies in his first season, the Europa League, league cup, and the Community Shield.

Can Jose win honors for Tottenham?

Jose Mourinho is noted for winning trophies. He is a proven winner anywhere he goes. Mauricio Pochettino did a fantastic job at Tottenham, but his problem was the mentality to win trophies for the club. Looking at the appointment of Jose I think Daniel Levy this time around wants his club to challenge for trophies. What the Portuguese bring on board is the mentality of winning trophies that didn’t exist in this current Tottenham squad. As a manager Jose Mourinho has won 25 Major honors making him one of most successful managers of all time. He has won honors in England, Spain, Italy, and Portugal. No doubt, he is called the special one in coaching.

Big Shoes to Fill

Mourinho certainly has big shoes to fill at Tottenham Pochettino has qualified the team to three consecutive champions league, and it is the responsibility of Jose to do same or surpass what pochettino has done. Another problem Mourinho needs to address is fixing the dressing room and convince the senior’s players to stay. The likes Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertoonghen are all running out of contracts at the end of the season and are not willing to extend, with Christian Eriksen publicly stated his desire for a new challenge. How is Mourinho going to approach Tottenham’s contract rebels because during his time as a sky sports pundit he said I don’t like to keep players that don’t want to stay at the club? The big question is will he convince Eriksen to stay because he is their best player in the attacking third and one of the best in the world in his position. If Mourinho can’t convince him, then he needs to focus on the British Youngster Delle Ali and shape him back to his best.

Pragmatism Football

What Tottenham fans should expect from Mourinho is he will definitely prize pragmatism over philosophy? His tactics can be frustrating to watch, but his trophy haul speaks for itself. They have only won one of their last seven premier league games and have surrounded leads in each of the last three, so they certainly need to use a little of that pragmatism now. It has been a long-time Tottenham fans have seen the free-flowing, high-intensity football that came to define under Pochettino’s side at their best. But the way they are leaking in goals of late, I don’t think Mourinho is going to play that free-flowing Champagne football. His only concern is to win, and he will achieve it by any means necessary.

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