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3 reasons why Jose Mourinho is the wrong man for Tottenham Hotspur

Scott Newman
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Published Nov 20, 2019
Nov 20, 2019 IST

Jose Mourinho is back in the hot seat, this time with Tottenham Hotspur
Jose Mourinho is back in the hot seat, this time with Tottenham Hotspur

It’s been a crazy 12 hours for Tottenham Hotspur and their fans. Last season’s Champions League finalists confirmed they had parted ways with longtime manager Mauricio Pochettino last night, and while a successor was expected to be appointed soon, few people could’ve predicted that Jose Mourinho would be announced as the club’s new boss just hours later.

Mourinho is coming into the hot-seat at Spurs with his back against the wall; he was unceremoniously fired by Manchester United just under a year ago following a string of terrible results, and it’s perhaps fair to argue that he hasn’t been at his best in a long time.

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Is Mourinho the right man to end Tottenham’s 11-year wait for a trophy? Spurs chairman Daniel Levy – as well as the club’s fans – will hope so, but there’s some evidence to suggest that this burgeoning relationship could turn into a train wreck.

Here are 3 reasons why Jose Mourinho is the wrong man for Tottenham Hotspur.

1. His demands for transfer funds may not be met

Mourinho spent nearly £400m at Manchester United, but still wasn
Mourinho spent nearly £400m at Manchester United, but still wasn't happy

Despite making his name with a smaller club – relatively speaking in comparison to Europe’s giants – in FC Porto, Mourinho has become accustomed over the past 15 years to being in charge of clubs where for the most part, money is simply no object. He spent millions at Chelsea to build his now-legendary Premier League-winning team, and at Inter Milan and Real Madrid, huge funds weren’t hard to come by either.

At Manchester United, meanwhile, the Portuguese boss spent a whopping £391.5m on new players over his two-and-a-half seasons in charge there. But that was never quite enough for Mourinho, who, in December 2017 – just months after spending north of £150m on Romelu Lukaku, Victor Lindelof and Nemanja Matic – stated that United simply weren’t willing to spend enough to compete with the likes of Manchester City.

So how will Mourinho cope at Tottenham – a club that rarely spend hefty fees on new players and went through two transfer windows without signing a single new talent? If Daniel Levy became frustrated with Pochettino’s cries for more backing in the transfer market, one can only imagine how his relationship with Mourinho will develop when the Portuguese discovers he can’t simply go out and sign whoever he wants.


If things do change – and Levy backs Mourinho to the hilt in the transfer market – then practically everyone would surely ask the same question: why did he not back Pochettino with the same? The likelihood is that big money simply isn’t available, and it’s hard to imagine ‘The Special One’ being happy with that.

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