Mourinho back in Premier League with Spurs as Pochettino replacement

LONDON (Reuters) - Tottenham Hotspur have named Jose Mourinho as their new manager on a contract that runs until the end of the 2022-23 season, the Premier League club said on Wednesday.

The 56-year-old Portuguese returns to management for the first time since being sacked by Manchester United in December. He replaces Mauricio Pochettino, who was sacked by Spurs on Tuesday.

"In Jose we have one of the most successful managers in football," Spurs Chairman Daniel Levy said in a statement on the club website https://www.tottenhamhotspur.com/news/2019/november/jose-mourinho-appointed-new-head-coach.

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"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."

Pochettino took the club to their first Champions League final last season, where they lost to Liverpool, but was sacked after a poor run of form in 2019, during which the team have won six of their last 24 league games.

Spurs, who currently sit 14th in the league, are the third Premier League club that Mourinho will manage having won the league title three times with Chelsea in two separate stints.

"I am excited to be joining a club with such a great heritage and such passionate supporters," Mourinho said. "The quality in both the squad and the academy excites me. Working with these players is what has attracted me."

Mourinho has won trophies at every major club he has managed -- including two Champions League titles with Porto and Inter Milan -- while Spurs have not won silverware since the 2008 League Cup.

The Portuguese won the Europa League in his first season at United and finished second in the Premier League the following season -- marking their highest finish since Alex Ferguson retired.

He was sacked last December following a 3-1 league defeat by Liverpool that effectively ended their title hopes.

Spurs later confirmed the appointments of Joao Sacramento, Carlos Lalin, Nuno Santos, Ricardo Formosinho and Giovanni Cerra as part of Mourinho's new backroom staff.

Portuguese Sacramento joins as assistant coach from French Ligue 1 side Lille, where he held the same position under Christophe Galtier.

He will take up the role in the absence of Mourinho's long-time lieutenant Rui Faria, who is currently managing Qatari club Al-Duhail SC.

Goalkeeping coach Santos also joins from Lille, while Formosinho (tactical analyst), Cerra (technical analyst) and Lalin (fitness coach) were part of Mourinho's staff at Manchester United.

Mourinho will hold his first news conference as Tottenham boss at 2pm (1400 GMT) on Thursday.


(Reporting by Simon Jennings and Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford and Ken Ferris)

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