Third Club Lucky? Jose Mourinho Spurred On To Try English Premier League, Again
Jose Mourinho has officially been appointed the Head Coach at Tottenham Hotspur.
Just hours after Mauricio Pochettino was shown the door by the North London club, his successor has been named.
In what was the worst-kept secret on Wednesday, divisive figure Mourinho was officially appointed Head Coach by the Spurs until the end of 2022/23 season.
Spurs Chairman Daniel Levy called Mourinho "one of the most successful managers" in football.
“He has a wealth of experience, can inspire teams and is a great tactician," he said in a statement.
"He has won honours at every club he has coached. We believe he will bring energy and belief to the dressing room.”
This is Mourinho's third club in the English Premier League, having been sacked twice by Chelsea in 2007 and 2015, and was most recently let go by Manchester United in 2018.
Since his last managerial job, 'The Special One' has been working as a pundit for Sky Sports and beIN Sports.
"I am excited to be joining a Club with such a great heritage and such passionate supporters," Mourinho said in a statement.
"The quality in both the squad and the academy excites me.
"Working with these players is what has attracted me.”
Mourinho began his top flight coaching career in his home country Portugal, with Porto FC. He led them to a domestic league and Champions League double in 2004, but he's not remembered all too fondly at the club.
The club president, Pinto da Costa, is said to have resented Mourinho meeting with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich for talks without informing Porto.
Mourinho moved to Chelsea for the start of the 2004/2005 season, and despite leading Chelsea to their first Premier League title in 50 years, and going back-to-back in 2006, the Blues sacked Mourinho the following season.
He then moved on to Italy's Inter Milan, where he won the Serie A title in his first season and the Champions League in 2010.
Real Madrid was Mourinho's next port-of-call, where again his 'special' powers were at work. He took Los Blancos to their first La Liga title in four years, but his third and final season there was described by the man himself as the "worst of his career".
He is not remembered fondly in the Spanish capital either, having had public spats with a number of top players -- including much-loved captain Iker Casillas who later left the club.
After Spain, Mourinho was back at Chelsea, and the Blues fairytale seemed back on track. He won his third Premier League title in 2014/2015, until his third season curse hit again.
Chelsea won just 11 points in 12 games the following season, and he was again shown the door.
Mourinho was sacked from his last club, Manchester United, in 2018 after the team recorded its worst start to a season ever.