Jose’s VERY tricky Tottenham in-tray: The new boss must win over the fans, get the unhappy star names back onside and FINALLY deliver a trophy
- Jose Mourinho has made a sensational return to English football with Tottenham
- The Portuguese boss arrives with his team in 14th and struggling for victories
- He also has the prospect of key men following Mauricio Pochettino out the door
- Sportsmail assesses some of the big issues Mourinho must attend to early on
The Portuguese boss, who had been eyeing a return to management, arrives with Spurs in 14th and in need of inspiration after a difficult start to the season.
But as Mourinho settles into their plush training ground ahead of this weekend’s clash with West Ham, what are the big issues he needs to sort out?
Jose Mourinho has been named Tottenham manager but has several issues to sort early on
The former Chelsea and Manchester United manager has signed until the end of 2022-23
Overhaul a stale squad
Sound familiar Jose? Many in the Spurs dressing room may have been yearning for a new voice, but the simple fact remains: several key players are heading for the exit door. Either Mourinho must change their mind in the final few months of their contracts, or bring in a raft of new faces to plug the gaps. That would mean persuading Daniel Levy to sell big and buy big. Something Pochettino couldn’t do. Something Mourinho had grumbles with Manchester United and Ed Woodward over, too.
Several key players are heading for the exit door with many willing to run down their contracts
JOSE MOURINHO’S MANAGERIAL CAREER
2000 – Benfica
2001-2002 – Uniao de Leiria
2002-2004 – Porto
2004-2007 – Chelsea
2008-2010 – Inter Milan
2010-2013 – Real Madrid
2013-2015 – Chelsea
2016-2018 – Manchester United
2019 – Tottenham
Champions League x2
Europa League x2
Premier League x3
FA Cup x1
League Cup x4
La Liga x1
Copa del Rey x1
Serie A x2
Italian Cup x1
Primeira Liga x2
Prove he is not yesterday’s man
This season Spurs have been ponderous and a shadow of the side they were in recent years, when they played with pace, invention and relentlessness off the ball.
For much of his tenure Pochettino had Spurs playing some of the most exciting football in Europe. Mourinho’s United, meanwhile, were fairly uninspiring to watch. As results started to dry up, too, their rivals began to pull away. And it seemed Mourinho had been left in the wake of Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp and… Pochettino.
Mourinho’s United side were fairly uninspiring to watch and he must show he is adaptable
Win over the fan base
For all of Tottenham’s struggles this season, the reaction to Pochettino’s sacking proved just how much credit he had left in the bank with the Spurs faithful. His side were booed off more than once this season but many supporters remember how grim life had been at times before the Argentine arrived. They also remember Mourinho’s recent past. If he faced a tough job turning round their season, it’s made harder by the fact he’s replacing a man who made Spurs fans dream for the first time in a long time.
Mourinho must win over the fan base after the shock news that Mauricio Pochettino had gone
Bring trophies to north London
Pochettino may leave Tottenham with his reputation largely intact, but at the start of this season the Spurs boss admitted he needed to win a trophy to make this campaign a success. He leaves with that black mark still against his name. Mourinho, meanwhile, has won silverware wherever he’s been. He brings with him a winning mentality – but also the weight of expectation. If Mourinho is going to justify his appointment in the eyes of many, he must take Spurs one step further than Poch ever managed.
Mourinho has won trophies at every club he’s been at and Spurs are desperate for silverware
Make an immediate impact
When the dust settles on this 12 hours of upheaval, the cold reality of Spurs’ plight will soon bite. Heading into this weekend’s clash with West Ham, Tottenham are 14th – 20 points off leaders Liverpool and 11 behind fourth-placed Manchester City.
Before the international break Pochettino insisted that gap could be closed, that their hope of securing Champions League football was not out of reach. But Mourinho can ill-afford to give up much more ground if he is to convince supporters that he is the man to take them forward for the long term.
Mourinho can not afford to give up more ground to their rivals for Champions League football
Keep Kane and Co
A change of manager presents Spurs with both risk and opportunity. Before Wednesday morning, the chances of keeping the likes of Christian Eriksen, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen beyond this season were very bleak. A new manager and a new voice may be the only way Spurs can turn their heads. But new managers and new ideas can do just the opposite, too. They can disrupt settled players.
The vultures will be circling in the coming weeks, trying to take advantage of the uncertainty to see if Harry Kane, Son Heung-min, Dele Alli and Co are still so committed to life in north London. Mourinho has a history of falling out with some of his players. But adding more toxicity to the Spurs dressing room could end very badly.
The vultures will be circling to see if Harry Kane and Co can be tempted to leave the club
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