Jose Mourinho has vowed to bring “passion” to Tottenham; and insists he “couldn’t be happier” after becoming the club’s new head coach.
The former Manchester United and Chelsea boss has replaced Mauricio Pochettino; who was sacked on Tuesday with the club 14th in the Premier League.
Negotiations between Spurs and Mourinho; who had been out of work since he was sacked by United in December; intensified over the last few days and concluded in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
“I couldn’t be happier and if I was not as happy as I am, I wouldn’t be here.”
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) November 20, 2019
In his first interview as head coach, Mourinho told Spurs TV: “I couldn’t be happier and if I was not as happy as I am, I wouldn’t be here.
“What can I promise? Passion – for my job but also a passion for my club. It’s a privilege when a manager goes to a club; and feels that happiness in relation to the squad that he’s going to have.
“These are not words of the moment. They are not words of me being the Tottenham head coach. These are words that I’ve told; and I’ve repeated in the last three, four, five years even as an opponent.
“To play against Tottenham at White Hart Lane was always hard but beautiful. It was one of these places where I used to go with passion but also with respect.”
Mourinho’s first match in charge is a trip to West Ham on Saturday; where he will look to end a five-match winless run.
Spurs are already 20 points behind leaders Liverpool after just 12 matches; but the 56-year-old believes the quality of Tottenham’s academy points towards a positive future.
“I always told about the club’s potential,” Mourinho said.
“I always told about the qualities of the players. I always told the magnificent work the club was doing. I really like this squad and looking to the young players.
“There is not one manager in the world that doesn’t like to play young players; and to help young players to develop. The problem is that sometimes you get into clubs; where the work that is below you is not good enough to produce these players.
“So I look to our history and you see that; the academy is always giving the talents that the first team need. Of course, I look forward to work with that profile.”