Jose Mourinho appeared calm and collected after the 3-2 win at West Ham last weekend. The late flurry from West Ham last weekend flattered the Hammers; overall it was a comfortable win for a Spurs side who have not won away from home since January. Mourinho’s return to the Premier League is no small matter. Either he leaves a club’s trophy cabinet full or leaves at daggers drawn, as seen in his recent spells at Chelsea and Man United. Now he’s back in the Premier League, in his own words, “back where he belongs”.
Mourinho has been out of management since December 2018. Daniel Levy, Spurs’ Chairman, ruthlessly dismissed Pochettino during the recent international break and called up the manager he has wanted since 2007. Ruthlessness is a trait shared by the Portuguese manager; he is not afraid to ice out players who do not get on board with his philosophy. Think Kevin de Bruyne, Mo Salah and Paul Pogba. Mourinho will have to be unrelenting to turn Tottenham’s fortunes around by the end of the season. At the time of writing, they sit 9th in the table and 20 points behind leaders Liverpool.
Mourinho is a serial winner. He has 20 major trophies in his career so far. The last time Spurs won a league title was 1961. However, his infamous “Parking the Bus” style has not run smoothly in his recent stints at Chelsea and United, where his win percentage was the lowest (both 59%) since he started managing back in 2000. Whether it will be able to compete with the fast-paced, high pressing football of the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City will be a challenge.
It will be interesting to see what Mourinho does in the next two transfer windows. Ever the confident one, Mourinho has already said he “doesn’t need players” and is content with the current squad. He always likes a big, top quality striker up front: Drogba. Ronaldo. Lukaku. Well, maybe not Lukaku. But apparently he believes Harry Kane is one of the world’s best and has demanded that Levy does not let him go in the summer.
Tottenham’s club motto is, “to dare is to do” and they are gambling on Jose Mourinho. Despite promises that he “won’t make the same mistakes again,” the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust are worried. They have “obvious concerns” about the club’s long-term vision and how the manager and board will work together. We will have to wait and see whether “The Special One” can work his magic in North London and change the fortunes of a struggling Spurs.
Last modified: 2nd December 2019