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Official: Spurs descend into full parody, appoint José Mourinho as new head coach

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Not a joke!

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José Mourinho is back in football, back in the Premier League, back in London! While it would’ve been more hilarious/scary if he were appointed at Arsenal, it’s almost as hilarious/scary that he has been appointed at Tottenham Hotspur instead. Less than 24 hours after Mauricio Pochettino was sacked, the news was made official this morning.

It’s hard to think of a (seemingly) more ill-fitting appointment, even if we consider Mourinho’s recent claims of being a changed man.

Mourinho has signed a 3.5-year contract, through the end of the 2022-23 season. Any odds on him actually seeing that through?

In a way, this reminds of Chelsea’s 2012-13 season, when we sacked Roberto Di Matteo just six months after winning the Champions League, only to appoint a most reviled replacement in Rafa Benitez. Spurs’ version of course doesn’t involve a trophy, but Mourinho is roundly despised by most London sides thanks to his Chelsea affiliation (fading ever more).

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

-José Mourinho; source: Tottenham Hotspur FC

Mourinho could of course instill some actual winning mentality in North London after Pochettino’s putting the pressure on tenure, and that could be a terrible outcome. Mourinho at Spurs means that the rest of the league will have to raise their game, Chelsea included.

One thing is for sure, there will be drama, as there always is with José.