Jose Mourinho Told Spurs Players “I’ll Be Your Father, Your Friend, Your Girlfriend, Whatever You Want.”
Jose Mourinho has opened up to his new Spurs players by telling them he's ready to be 'whatever they want' as a boss.
The former Manchester United manager took over from Mauricio Pochettino on Wednesday morning, after 11 months out of work following his sacking by the Red Devils.
Old Trafford wasn't the only place where Mourinho ended up falling out with players but he's starting his time in north London by saying all the right things.
According to the Record, via Sport Witness, spoke to the players and told them, "I'll be your father, your friend, your girlfriend, whatever you want," in a speech that 'not only surprised, but impressed' them.
During his first meeting with the Spurs players the 56-year-old reportedly faced up to his claims a few years ago that he'd never manage the club out of love for Chelsea and their fans.
The Portuguese manager reportedly claimed that the quote was just part of mind games and part of his public image and that he's 'one of them' and 'part of the family' now he's at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
It's claimed Mourinho also told players that they are better than their league position suggests. Considering they've gone from finishing fourth last season to be 14th now that seems a fair assessment.
The Portugal newspaper also claims that the new boss had private meetings with several players including current contract rebels Christian Eriksen and Toby Alderweireld who he wants to sign new deals.
It's good to see that Mourinho's tenure is starting off on the right foot in north London but most will be wondering exactly how long it can last.
The three time Premier League winner has a reputation for starting well before things eventually go extremely wrong and much of that has to do with falling out with players.
Often Mourinho will split the dressing room between his group of players, that love him, and those that don't like working with him.
Some had become fed up with life under Pochettino, with Eriksen angling for a move and Danny Rose also claiming he would leave at the end of his contract, but things may get worse under Jose eventually, if we're to learn anything from history.
Right now Mourinho might well be the players' girlfriend but sooner or later there's likely to be a nasty break up, a tub of ice cream and plenty of tears.