The key issues Jose Mourinho must sort out at Tottenham over the first few months

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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 

Jose Mourinho has been named Tottenham manager at the end of a whirlwind night in north London which began with the shock sacking of Mauricio Pochettino.

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

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

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

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 

Honours

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

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

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

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

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 to see if Harry Kane

The vultures will be circling to see if Harry Kane and Co can be tempted to leave the club

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