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Will Jose Mourinho rescue Tottenham’s season?

David Nugent in Editorial, English Premier League 20 Nov 2019

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As we all now know, Jose Mourinho has replaced Mauricio Pochettino as Tottenham head coach. The Portuguese boss has joined the north London club on a contract until 2023.

In yesterday’s article, I talked about Pochettino’s Spurs future being in doubt and Mourinho was the favourite to replace the Argentinian, so maybe it was not a surprise move. However, maybe the time of the move was surprising, as some reports suggested his future would not be decided until after Saturday’s game at West Ham.

A serial winner

However, Spurs have made the move and they have hired one of the best coaches of the modern era. While the controversial Portuguese boss has his critics, nobody can argue with his record of winning trophies.

Mourinho has won 25 major trophies in club football, which is a highly impressive haul. The experienced boss has also not just won trophies in one country, he has won trophies in his homeland, England, Italy and Spain. In fact, he has won league titles in four countries, as well as the Champions League with Porto and Inter.

There are few bosses of his generation who can compete with the 56-year-old for trophies won. This is an interesting aspect of Mourinho moving to Spurs, as one of the criticisms of Pochettino was that he never won a trophy for all the progress the team made under him.

Spurs won’t be pushovers under Mourinho

Tottenham are a football team renowned for playing football. However, they have a reputation for being pushovers, who bottle big games. Their fancy brand of football is great to watch, but it has yielded no silverware in a long time.

Some Tottenham fans have questioned the appointment of the experienced Portuguese boss. However, it is hard to question the appointment of a boss like Mourinho. He will make Spurs harder to beat and they will no longer have a reputation for being pushovers when it matters. It may not be pretty to watch, but

A good example of a problem that Mourinho will sort out is their away form. Spurs have not won away from home in the Premier League in 12 games. That sort of situation would not happen under the Portuguese, like him or loathe him it’s a fact.

Pochettino did a great job at Spurs, but towards the end of tenure in north London, he seemed to lose the players. Mourinho will galvanise the players and Tottenham will be a different team after a few weeks working with the former Chelsea boss.

Can Tottenham still make the top-four this season?

In truth, it will be very hard for Tottenham to get back into the race for a Champions League spot this season. Spurs are odds of 11/4 to finish in the top-four this season, as they are currently 11 points behind fourth-place Manchester City. The team from north London will have to go on an amazing run to make it that many points, even at this early stage of the campaign it seems a tough ask.

There is no doubt Jose Mourinho will improve Tottenham’s fortunes. The big question is whether Tottenham are going to back him in the transfer market in January and next summer.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is the sort of guy who haggles at a 50p shop. Media reports suggest that there will be money available to Mourinho to strengthen his squad in the next two transfer windows. If he is given money to spend then that suggests that Levy did not trust Pochettino to spend big.

Mourinho’s tenure as Tottenham boss starts this Saturday, as Spurs travel to West Ham in the Premier League early kick-off. It would be highly surprising if Mourinho is unsuccessful with Tottenham, well for the first two years anyway!

Will Jose Mourinho rescue Tottenham’s season?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

David Nugent


David is a freelance football writer with nearly a decade of experience writing about the beautiful game. The experienced writer has written for over a dozen websites and also an international soccer magazine offline.
Arguably his best work has come as an editorial writer for Soccernews, sharing his good, bad and ugly opinions on the world’s favourite sport. During David’s writing career he has written editorials, betting previews, match previews, banter, news and opinion pieces.

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