Jose Mourinho to earn double the salary of Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham

Thursday, 21 Nov, 2019

Just under a year ago, Mourinho himself had just been sacked by Manchester United, after a 3-1 defeat at Anfield to Liverpool.

Tottenham have confirmed the appointment of Jose Mourinho as their new manager on a contract that runs until 2023.

A thrilled Jose Mourinho has vowed to bring "passion" to Tottenham and insists he "couldn't be happier" to be the club's new head coach.

2019/20 has been a trying campaign for the club so far, having won just three of their opening 12 games in the Premier League to leave them languishing in 14th place in the table and facing a battle to retain their place among Europe's elite.

"I am excited to be joining a club with such a great heritage and such passionate supporters", Mourinho said.

"So I look to our history and you see that the academy is always giving talents the first team need".

Mourinho is renowned for his ability to build a side that is defensively rigid and he will have to get to work quickly on drilling his new back line.

And Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has stressed that Mourinho's strong track record of silverware made him the ideal choice to replace Pochettino, who had been at the helm since 2014.

"It is a privilege when a manager goes to a club and feels that happiness in relation to the squad that he's going to have", he added.

It was claimed that Jose Mourinho was under consideration by Newcastle United in the summer, a claim which looks even less credible now than it did at the time.

Mourinho's first match in charge will be the London derby away to West Ham on Saturday and they are due to play United at Old Trafford on December 4.

A popular figure during his time at the club, Pochettino guided Spurs to Champions League football for four consecutive seasons before seeing his reign fade badly in recent months.

Levy said the club had been "extremely reluctant" to make the change, pointing at the poor domestic results. His illustrious resume also includes a Champions League triumph with Portuguese side Porto and three English Premier League titles with London-based club Chelsea, among others.