Daniel Levy decided to part company with Mauricio Pochettino last month and replaced him within twelve hours with serial winner Jose Mourinho.
While the former Manchester United and Chelsea boss has sought to buy the best players at his previous clubs, Spurs under Levy have tended to invest in young talent and bet on them to fulfil their potential, with Dele Alli being a prime example.
Mourinho has been insistent since he arrived in North London that he is not keen on adding players during the January window and that he is perfectly happy with the squad he has at his disposal (Football.London).
However, former Spurs goalkeeper Paul Robinson believes that Levy and Mourinho would have already had a conversation about the funds available to spend in January.
The former England number one insisted that the new Spurs head coach will have already earmarked targets to improve his squad.
Speaking to Football Insider, Robinson said: “There’s obviously been a conversation between chairman and manager because we’re talking about a manager who historically spends millions and buys world-class, ready-made players.
“The ethos at Tottenham is to develop players and it has been for any length of time, so by appointing Mourinho they’ve gone completely against the way that they normally do things at Spurs.
“Chairman and manager must have had a conversation about what’s available to spend in January.
“Mourinho is one of the best footballing brains in the world, he will know that Tottenham squad inside out and he will have looked at it from the outside and he will know, before he was even the manager, before it was even a possibility for him to be the manager, he would have had an idea how he would have strengthened that side and made it better going into the January window.
“He will have already earmarked what he wants and the agreement is probably already made as to how much he’s allowed to spend.”
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There is no way Mourinho would have agreed to take over at Spurs without getting guarantees of some transfer funds particularly given his experience at Manchester United. So far, the new Spurs head coach has almost appeared too keen to dismiss suggestions of January transfer targets which makes it seem like a smokescreen for the press. I wouldn’t be surprised if he has been promised a big transfer kitty next summer if he manages to steer us to a top four finish.
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