In a surprising turn of events, Tottenham Hotspur has appointed Jose Mourinho as head coach until the end of the 2022/23 season.
This decision came hours after Argentine manager Mauricio Pochettino and his coaching staff Jesus Perez, Miguel D’Agostino and Antoni Jimenez were sacked by the club.
Pochettino, who led Spurs to their maiden Champions League final earlier this year, has left the club after five years in charge.
“We are delighted to announce the appointment of Jose Mourinho as Head Coach on a contract that runs until the end of the 2022/23 season. Jose is one of the world’s most accomplished managers having won 25 senior trophies,” Tottenham Hotspur said in a statement.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) November 20, 2019
Jose, formerly at Chelsea, Iner Milan, and Real Madrid, said that he is delighted to join the club.
“I am excited to be joining a Club with such a great heritage and such passionate supporters. The quality in both the squad and the academy excites me. Working with these players is what has attracted me,” said Jose.
The 56-year-old Portuguese, Jose, has a great record in the Premier League, having won three titles with Chelsea (2004, 2005, 2015).
He has also managed Premier League side Manchester United (2016-18), winning the Europa League in 2017, before he was sacked last season. Since then, he has been out of action.
Mourinho’s appointment was a surprise to many as he was also linked with a move to Arsenal and Bayern Munich.
Jose is also one of only three managers to have won the Champions with two different teams (Porto 2004, Inter Milan 2010).
Spurs are currently 14th in the Premier League table, 20 points behind league leaders Liverpool.
Tottenham Hotspur will now travel to face fellow-Londoners West Ham on Saturday.