Jose Mourinho: “I will bring passion and happiness in Tottenham”
Tottenham’s new manager, Jose Mourinho, promised to bring passion and happiness in the club after his appointment on Wednesday morning.
The 56-year-old Portuguese was appointed on Wednesday morning as the new manager of Tottenham Hotspur. His appointment followed the sacking of Mauricio Pochettino on Tuesday night.
His appointment makes it his first job to acquire since he was sacked by United in December 2018.
On his appointment, Mourinho praised the quality of Tottenham’s squad, their “world-class” stadium and training ground.
He said, “I couldn’t be happier and look forward to the challenge.”
Former Chelsea and Manchester United boss, in his interview with Spurs TV, he said, “What can I promise? Passion, real passion. Passion for my job but also a passion for my club. That is the way I have been all my career. I want to try, obviously everything to bring happiness to everyone who loves the club.”
Mourinho has signed his contract with the club until the end of the 2022-2023 season with a basic salary of £8m a year.
The new manager has taken over Spurs that is without a win in their past five games and have slipped to the 14th position in the Premier League table. The club ranks at 20 points behind the league leaders, Liverpool after 12 matches.
“Even as an appointment, there was always huge respect between me and the club.” He added
“I met you in cup finals, in semi-finals, in big matches and to keep that respect was probably in the back of my mind that one day I could be one of you.”
“I like the squad”
Speaking of the inherited squad, Mourinho praises the club for keeping their best players. Additionally, he was pleased as he looked forward to working with the academy players.
“it is a privilege when a manager goes to a club and feels that happiness to the squad he is going to have.”
“It did not happen many times. To be honest, the majority of the time we go to clubs and we always think we like some, I don’t like enough and you think immediately about what to do to change, what to do to approach your ideas and the profile of the players.”
“This is a completely different case. I like the squad.”
Mourinho as well praised Tottenham’s stadium that was opened in March.
He said, “I think you are too humble when you say, ‘beautiful stadium’. You have to say the best stadium in the world because it’s reality.”
“The training ground is second to none. It probably can only be compared with some American Football training grounds. You cannot compare it with European football at any level and I have been in the majority of the best places.”
An addition to Tottenham’s staff, the club announced several to their backroom including Lille coaches, Joao Sacramento and Nuno Santos.