JOSE MOURINHO has been named as the new Tottenham boss following the sacking of Mauricio Pochettino.
Former Manchester United and Chelsea boss Mourinho, who won three Premier League titles with Chelsea, had been out of the game since his reign at United ended in bitter fashion last December.
He will take charge of a side languishing in 14th place in the table after the opening 12 matches.
The 56-year-old Portuguese said: ‘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.’
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy said: ‘In Jose we have one of the most successful managers in football.
‘He has a wealth of experience, can inspire teams and is a great tactician. He has won honours at every club he has coached. We believe he will bring energy and belief to the dressing room.’
A statement from the club added: ‘Jose is one of the world’s most accomplished managers, having won 25 senior trophies.’
Mourinho met with his new players this afternoon as he took charge of a training session ahead of his first match against West Ham on Saturday lunchtime.
He will be joined in his new role by Lille coaches Joao Sacramento and Nuno Santos who have departed the French club to team up with Mourinho
Pochettino, along with his coaching staff, paid the price for a poor run of domestic form in 2019, bringing an end to a five-and-a-half-year spell at the club.
Spurs and England forward Harry Kane paid tribute to his former gaffer, posting on Twitter: ‘Gaffer. I’ll be forever thankful to you for helping me achieve my dreams.
‘We’ve had some amazing moments in the last 5 and a half years that I will never forget.
‘You were my manager but my friend as well and I thank you for that relationship. Good luck with your next chapter!’
Former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp expects Mourinho to make an immediate impact.
Redknapp said: ‘Pochettino was excellent but the same voice after six years starts to wear a little bit thin. People get used to the same message.
‘But the same players, a new face comes in — he probably hasn’t got to do anything clever or different, just give them a bit to get them going and they’ll find another 10 per cent on Saturday at West Ham.
‘They’ll find a spring in their step knowing their jobs are under threat now (because) Mourinho has got to be ruthless. If he doesn’t like what he sees he’ll bomb them out and bring in people he wants.’
Former England manager Sam Allardyce has also tipped Mourinho for future success.
He said: ‘Certainly he’s got the talent and quality of squad to make Tottenham a big challenger and I think they can still challenge for the top four.’