José Mourinho has been officially appointed new coach of Tottenham Hotspur on a 3.5-year contract, after almost a year out of the game.

The Portuguese replaces Mauricio Pochettino, who left the London club on Tuesday evening. The job is Mourinho’s third in the English Premier League, having previously had two stints at Chelsea and a 2.5-year spell at Manchester United. His contract runs until the end of the 2022-23 season.

Announcing the deal, Spurs Chairman Daniel Levy said: “In José we have one of the most successful managers in football. He has a wealth of experience, can inspire teams and is a great tactician. He has won honours at every club he has coached. We believe he will bring energy and belief to the dressing room.”

Mourinho returns to football after eleven months out of the game, having been sacked by United last December. Tottenham, who finished 4th last season as well as reaching the Champions League final, are currently in a lowly 14th position in the table after a disappointing start to the campaign.

“I am excited to be joining a Club with such a great heritage and such passionate supporters,” Mourinho told the Spurs website. “The quality in both the squad and the academy excites me. Working with these players is what has attracted me.”

Mourinho’s first match in charge is a London derby against West Ham United at the London Stadium on Saturday afternoon. A win on his debut could see the Portuguese lift his new club into the top half of the table, ahead of a Champions League meeting with Olympiakos at home three days later.

By Sean Gillen

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Mark my word. Jose will buy Rui Patrício and make him his starting goalkeeper. I have a huge feeling. Cuz lloris hasn’t been good and isn’t good under pressure. Jose always buys Portuguese goalkeepers suck as Baia, Hilario and Joel pereira. This...

Mark my word. Jose will buy Rui Patrício and make him his starting goalkeeper. I have a huge feeling. Cuz lloris hasn’t been good and isn’t good under pressure. Jose always buys Portuguese goalkeepers suck as Baia, Hilario and Joel pereira. This is a great time in Portuguese soccer because we have a world class goalkeeper and this is how rui will finally win the premier league and champions league

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I predict he goes after a Portuguese defender, ie, Ricardo Pereira, Nelson Semedo type player.

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The real winners here are the English media who have already emerged from the sewers to start trashing Mourinho before this project even gets underway.

We get it; Mourinho has become a hated figure because of his arrogance and stupid comments....

The real winners here are the English media who have already emerged from the sewers to start trashing Mourinho before this project even gets underway.

We get it; Mourinho has become a hated figure because of his arrogance and stupid comments. But you cannot deny his pedigree, arguably the greatest manager of all-time if you look at his resume.

Yet Pep gets unlimited transfer kitties, is a sarcastic arrogant clown, and no one in the media in the UK seems to see past his false niceties.

It's very odd. I have watched Mourinho as a pundit for Sky the last few months, and he's extremely likable. Funny, honest and amazing insights. If he can rebuild his image again, he may yet find some more success in London.

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I like Mourinho. But, he can’t complain about negative coverage when he behaves the way he does

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If Ericksen doesn't sign an extension quickly, then they will have to sell him now instead of letting him go on a free, it may be too late already. If they don't resign Ericksen, I can see them pulling the trigger for Fernandes.

Also, he is...

If Ericksen doesn't sign an extension quickly, then they will have to sell him now instead of letting him go on a free, it may be too late already. If they don't resign Ericksen, I can see them pulling the trigger for Fernandes.

Also, he is trying to bring over Luis Campos from Lillie(formerly Monaco), if he does, he will get a great identifier of talent.

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Mourinho will win, something. Maybe not this year, but he will bring trophies. Though he has been backed with large budges in the past, there's no denying what he has won. I believe he will thrive, the "us against the world mentality" will work...

Mourinho will win, something. Maybe not this year, but he will bring trophies. Though he has been backed with large budges in the past, there's no denying what he has won. I believe he will thrive, the "us against the world mentality" will work at a non perennial winner. At Real Madrid, Man U and Chelsea the team was full of proven players with large contracts who have won things on some level, and did not buy into the motivation tactics. Spurs are not expected to be a great team, Mourinho will push the players to ask themselves why they can't be great, and they will want to prove it to him as much as themselves.

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first things first. Mourinho should get some Portuguese players in first, who will 1000% obey him. he needs to buy at least 4 influential/ dynamic Portuguese players mainly to avoid players forming a union against him like they did at Chelsea and...

first things first. Mourinho should get some Portuguese players in first, who will 1000% obey him. he needs to buy at least 4 influential/ dynamic Portuguese players mainly to avoid players forming a union against him like they did at Chelsea and man united where he had 0 Portuguese players.

But the players he brings in, need to be leaders and influential in the dressing room like in the past Quaresma, Ronaldo and Miereles did for him, even if they don't play. This is the key to getting him success.

He should try to sign any 2 of Nani, Quaresma, Manuel Fernandes or Jose Fonte, who not only have English top flight experience but are champions in the dressing room. Quaresma is having a wretched time in Turkey, so Mourinho needs to get him in. Quaresma would not only help Mourinho in the dressing room but also be a fan favourite even if he does not play. The guy just exudes flambouyancy. Daniel Podence is another player he needs to sign along with any 1 of Pizzi, Gonçalo Paciência or Raphael Guerreiro. Joao Mario maybe next summer.

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I really don’t think he’ll go for almost any of those guys. (Not trying time be a jerk).
Mourinho likes his Portuguese players - but, he also likes loyalty and quality.

I could see a move for Pizzi or Paciência (as a backup to Kane). I think...

I really don’t think he’ll go for almost any of those guys. (Not trying time be a jerk).
Mourinho likes his Portuguese players - but, he also likes loyalty and quality.

I could see a move for Pizzi or Paciência (as a backup to Kane). I think he would love a Moutinho type above everything else. A calm leader (I disagree that the flamboyance would be a positive - I think the London fans would HATE quaresma). They would LOVE Moutinho. Unfortunately, I don’t think Wolves are ready to play ball.

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@Joao Rosario

That might just be the worst thing I’ve ever read. I truly can’t think of 1 reason why quaresma, Nani, Fonte or Manuel Fernandes would even contribute to Tottenham. Literally every guy you named above aren’t as good as what...

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That might just be the worst thing I’ve ever read. I truly can’t think of 1 reason why quaresma, Nani, Fonte or Manuel Fernandes would even contribute to Tottenham. Literally every guy you named above aren’t as good as what Tottenham already has. What you just said actually hurts my brain. As I was reading your comment I was waiting for it to start to make sense but it just kept on getting worse.

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As mean as your approach is, I agree with you. The only one I could MAYBE see is Fonte - because of the Lille connection. But, Fonte would have to accept going from a starter and team captain to an emergency backup.

Moutinho’s prior favoritism...

As mean as your approach is, I agree with you. The only one I could MAYBE see is Fonte - because of the Lille connection. But, Fonte would have to accept going from a starter and team captain to an emergency backup.

Moutinho’s prior favoritism of Portuguese players has been bc he had them on his teams. I don’t think he has a real preference for Portuguese players (though, I’m sure he has vast connections in Portuguese soccer that give Portuguese players advantages).

Moutinho has brought in preferred players like Eto’o (though they had a falling out), Ibra and Materazzi (I think - there was a player at Inter he was very fond of...cant recall who).

I can’t think of anyone at Man U (besides Dalit) who fits this profile (and, Dalot doesn’t exactly fit it either). Possibly Pogba (Moutinho has a history of showing tough love before showing he was close to someone).

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I could see Mourinho going after a loan for Diogo Dalot.

I know that's an oddly-specific prediction, but Mourinho is the one that bought him from Porto and seemed to have some faith in him, and right-back is a thin position for Spurs.

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That’s a good call. May be a year too soon for him to be a regular

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