Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday said it has appointed Jose Mourinho to replace Mauricio Pochetino as manager, betting on a remarkable 12 hours of turmoil and tension for a club that has gained image in recent years as one of the few Premier League stability battles. ,
Fans were still getting used to Pochetino's shooting on Tuesday after leading the Spurs to the Champions League final and transforming the Perennial team into a Premier League title contender during his five years in the role.
The Spurs made an announcement about Mourinho, the former Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and Manchester United manager, in a brief statement on the club's website. But late Tuesday night, he turned out to be the presenter for the post.
"In Jose we have one of the most successful managers in world football," Daniel Levy, chairman of the Spurs, said. "He has extensive experience, can inspire teams and is a great tactician. Earns honors at every club he coaches. We believe he will bring energy and faith to the locker room.
Harry Kane, England's Spurs striker and England captain, praised Pochetino in a Twitter post. "I will be forever grateful to you for helping me to achieve my dreams. In the last 5 and a half years we have had incredible moments that I will never forget.
Although Mourinho's success story draws him to a club determined to compete not only in the Premier League but also in the Champions League is easy to understand, his recent past raises questions about how he fits into Levi's approach.
Spurs have a specific salary structure that the chairman does not want to violate; he has a reputation for making such a difficult deal in transfer negotiations that it is difficult at times at Spurs to sign and sell players.
Honorably surrounds him for years, relying on young players from the club's academy; Mourinho has a reputation for preference for proven talent, though he has long resented the belief that he does not trust youth.
Some Spurs fans may have difficulty accepting him as manager because of his past with Chelsea, one of Tottenham's fiercest rivals who fired him for the second time in 2015. But most urgently is the fact that his last role at Manchester United ended in being accused of missing the club to provide him with a team capable of competing against Manchester City, in particular,
It is not difficult to imagine repression from the same complaints aimed at Levi. His first comment as Tottenham's manager seemed set up to express this concern.
"The quality in both the team and the academy excites me," he said. "Working with these players is what attracted me."