Jose Mourinho has been named Tottenham head coach until the end of the 2023 season.
The former Manchester United and Chelsea boss replaces Mauricio Pochettino, who was sacked on Tuesday with the club 14th in the Premier League.
Having decided it was time to act, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy drew up a shortlist which included Mourinho, RB Leipzig’s Julian Nagelsmann, former Juventus boss Max Allegri and PSG’s Thomas Tuchel.
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.
Mourinho was promised funds to improve the squad in January and in the summer transfer window, if he felt necessary.
“I am excited to be joining a club with such a great heritage and such passionate supporters,” said Mourinho. “The quality in both the squad and the academy excites me. Working with these players is what has attracted me.”
He will take training at Hotspur Way on Wednesday ahead of his first game on Saturday – against West Ham at the London Stadium.
Levy said he was “reluctant” to sack Pochettino, whose Spurs side lost to Liverpool in last season’s Champions League final, but explained the decision had to be made in the “club’s best interests”.
Mourinho won three Premier League titles with Chelsea, and is one of only three managers to have won the UEFA Champions League twice with two clubs, FC Porto in 2004 and Inter Milan in 2010.
“In Jose, we have one of the most successful managers in football,” Levy said on Wednesday.
“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, who lives in London, inherits a Tottenham side that have won just five matches all season.
He turned down job offers in China, Spain and Portugal since leaving United.
We don’t owe you – Amaju Pinnick replies Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr
Amaju Pinnick, the president of Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, has berated the action of the Super Eagles technical adviser, Gernot Rohr to have accused the federation of owing him salary.
The German tactician had in a recent interview claimed that the NFF is currently owing him $100,000 in bonuses and allowances, a report that has been debunked by the federation.
Pinnick has cleared the air on the federation bill with Rohr in terms of payment of salaries. According to him,
“We don’t owe you (Rohr), you cannot come out to say that we owe you salary. We pay you, an employee, and you must respect the employer because we pay you salary religiously.”
Pinnick further advised the technical adviser to be mindful of his utterances in the media.
‘’If they pay you, you don’t come out to say they pay you. There are some things you don’t say.”
Rohr’s present contract is set to expire in June 2020.
Former Arsenal and England footballer, Benik Afobe loses 2-year old daughter
Footballer Benik Afobe is “heartbroken” after the death of his two-year-old daughter.
The striker, who plays for Championship club Bristol City on loan from Stoke, announced today December 1, that his daughter Amora had died on Friday evening after “unexpectedly developing a severe infection”.
A statement issued by his family said: “It is with an extremely heavy heart that the Afobe family have today confirmed the devastating news that their first child, their beloved daughter Amora, 2, passed away late on Friday evening.
“Amora was taken to hospital for treatment after unexpectedly developing a severe infection.
“Unfortunately she then suffered a number of serious complications and despite doctors doing absolutely everything they possibly could, Amora passed away peacefully with the love of her family by her side.
“The entire family have been left totally devastated and heartbroken, and would like to ask that their privacy is respected at this incredibly difficult time.”
Gunmen kill FRSC officer on Lokoja road — 20 minutes after FC Ifeanyi Ubah was attacked
Gunmen suspected to be kidnappers, on Friday, attacked some officers of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), killing one, and leaving other critically wounded.
In a statement issued on Saturday, Bisi Kazeem, spokesman of the corps, said the two officers who were on their way to Lagos on an official assignment were ambushed by the gunmen about 1:50pm.
”Two personnel who were travelling in a Toyota Hilux pick-up van with registration number; PILOT 01A were ambushed by the gunmen after Zariagi on Lokoja – Okene road precisely at Oshawa, a town close to Lokoja, the Kogi State capital,” he said.
Kazeem said the gunmen opened fire on sighting the marked vehicle and shot the driver in the head, killing him instantly.
“The vehicle subsequently lost control and veered off the road. It took hours before the rescue team could locate the vehicle in the bush and evacuate the victims,” he said.
He said Boboye Oyeyemi, the corps marshal, expressed his sympathy to the family of the bereaved, the entire management and staff of the corps, and the country for the death of the officer who lost his life in active service.
The attack on the officers happened 20 minutes after gunmen opened fire on a bus conveying the players and crew of FC Ifeanyi Ubah from Anambra to Kano for a match against Jigawa Golden Stars.
The onslaught on the team bus happened at 1:30pm at Kabba junction, near Lokoja.
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