News broke on Tuesday evening thatPochettino had been dismissedfrom the role he had held since May 2014 and the rumor mill over his replacement soon kicked into gear with Mourinho quickly installed as the early favorite.
Less than (hours later,) last season’s losing Champions League finalists had indeed announced Mourinho as their new boss, bringing a speedy end to what turned into a whirlwind day in the life of one of the Premier League’s biggest teams.
So how did Jose end up at Tottenham?
The deal was brokered by Israeli super-agent Pini Zahavi.
The man who took Neymar to Paris St Germain in a world record £ 190 m deal was the driving force which convinced Daniel L evy that Jose Mourinho was the man to turn Tottenham’s fortunes around.
During several rounds of negotiations over the past month, Zahavi convinced the Tottenham chairman his club was missing a winning mentality and the 56 – year old Mourinho would bring that to their stunning new £ 1bn north London home.
Zahavi explained how Jose was perfectly placed to arrest Tottenham’s decline, to instil a new belief in the squad – and how he was desperate to get back onto the training ground to work with players after 11 months out of the game.
Mourinho had prioritised a return to the Premier League because he was motivated to win major trophies with a third English club. He turned down China and a host of other European jobs to wait for the right project and clearly he feels this is it. There is no doubting what his main priority is and that is to deliver success. Ultimately this is what has been most enticing for Spurs.
Who else was considered?
Sky Sports Newsunderstands there were three other managers on Levy’s shortlist to take over from Pochettino but only one more of that trio is currently out of work.
Former Juventus head coach Massimiliano Allegri was that man, while Tottenham also targeted RB Leipzig manager Julian Nagelsmann and PSG’s Thomas Tuchel.
What next for Jose and Tottenham?
As part of the negotiations with Daniel Levy, Mourinho was promised funds to improve the squad in January and in the summer transfer window, if he felt necessary.
We have been told Jose believes Tottenham already has the players to turn their season around and challenge for honors .
He’s looking forward to working with them and believes with the players, along with the stadium and the training facilities in Enfield, the club has everything it needs to be successful in the seasons ahead.
Sky Sports News has also been told Tottenham’s players are looking forward to working with Mourinho.
What happened between Pochettino and Tottenham?
Sky Sports Newshas been told the relationship between club chairman Daniel Levy, the board and their manager had turned sour in recent months.
In particular, Pochettino’s suggestion that he had planned to leave Tottenham if they had won the Champions League final in June was bad for the morale of the whole club, not just the players – and was seen as a big mistake.
Frustrations grew that Pochettino was being linked to Real Madrid and Man United, but never said: “This is my club; I want to stay here. “When results and performances continued to nosedive, the decision was taken to sack him.
Behind the scenes, Tottenham’s board were becoming increasingly frustrated Levy felt his manager had been given the players he wanted.However, at times he felt the atmosphere at Spurs’ training ground was toxic. Pochettino was unhappy and that had a significant effect on players and staff.