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Jose Mourinho has been named as the new manager of Tottenham Hotspur, less than 12 hours after the club announced that Mauricio Pochettino had been sacked.
In a statement on Wednesday morning the club confirmed the news. "We are delighted to announce the appointment of Jose Mourinho as Head Coach on a contract that runs until the end of the 2022/23 season.
"Jose is one of the world's most accomplished managers having won 25 senior trophies. He is renowned for his tactical prowess and has managed FC Porto, Inter Milan, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Manchester United. He has won a domestic title in a record four different countries (Portugal, England, Italy and Spain) and is one of only three managers to have won the UEFA Champions League twice with two clubs, FC Porto in 2004 and Inter Milan in 2010. He is also a three-time Premier League Champion with Chelsea (2005, 2006, 2015)."
Mourinho has been out of work since last December, when he was sacked as manager of Manchester United following a 3-1 loss to Liverpool, will take charge of his first game on Saturday against West Ham.
In a statement the 56-year-old, who has remained living in London, 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 reportedly tried to sign Mourinho previously, after the 'Special One' left fellow London club Chelsea the first time in 2007, and now has his man.
Rumours that Pochettino would leave the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium started gathering pace on Tuesday morning, despite it being just six months since the Argentine led the club to a first Champions League final.
By the end of the day the 47-year-old was sacked, partway through his sixth season, as a consequence of poor results at the end of last season and the beginning of this, with the team in 14th place, 11 points below the top four.
So often a divisive man, Mourinho will now come into a Spurs dressing room which seems to have lost its way with several players angling for moves or coming to the end of their contracts.
Mourinho is back in the Premier League, which will come as a lift to many neutrals who enjoy how entertaining he can be, but will it work for Spurs?
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