Jose Mourinho was appointed new Tottenham Hotspur head coach to replace Mauricio Pochettino on Wednesday. The Portuguese former Chelsea and Manchester United manager signed a contract until the end of the 2022-23 season, the north London club said in a statement. Mourinho is one of the world’s most accomplished managers having won 25 senior trophies. He is renowned for his tactical prowess and has managed FC Porto, Inter Milan, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Manchester United. He has won a domestic title in a record four different countries (Portugal, England, Italy and Spain) and is one of only three managers to have won the UEFA Champions League twice with two clubs, FC Porto in 2004 and Inter Milan in 2010. He is also a three-time Premier League Champion with Chelsea (2005, 2006, 2015).
"I am excited to be joining a club with such a great heritage and such passionate supporters," said Mourinho, who has won domestic titles in a record four different countries, "The quality in both the squad and the academy excites me. Working with these players is what has attracted me."
Spurs Chairman Daniel Levy said: "In Jose we have one of the most successful managers in football. We believe he will bring energy and belief to the dressing room."
Pochettino (47) took Tottenham Hotspur to Champions League final for the first time in their history earlier this year. However, since then, their fortunes have taken a downturn languishing 14th in England's Premier League after picking up just three wins from their opening 12 games. They were knocked out of the League Cup by fourth-tier Colchester United and suffered an embarrassing 7-2 defeat at home to Bayern Munich in the Champions League. It is an unfortunate end to Pochettino's tenure who arrived from Southampton in 2014 and took the club to their best ever finish in Europe just six months ago.