Former Tottenham forward Garth Crooks has insisted that new head coach Jose Mourinho should retire from football if he cannot win trophies in North London
Mourinho took over the managerial duties at Spurs last week after the club decided to part ways with Mauricio Pochettino after a poor start to the season.
While some Spurs fans were disappointed to see Pochettino leave after five and a half years at the club, there was a lot of excitement surrounding Mourinho’s arrival.
In his first press conference as the new Spurs boss last week, the 56-year-old insisted that he had learned from the mistakes he made in the past (Football.London).
However, Crooks isn’t convinced that the humility the special one is displaying at Tottenham, will last.
In his column for BBC Sport, the former Spurs striker wrote, “He’s poked a fellow coach in the eye, and argued and pushed others on the touchline, but promises not to make the same mistakes in the future. I’m not entirely sure I believe him.
“What is clear is that Jose Mourinho is on a massive charm offensive. How long he can hold it together is anyone’s guess.”
Crooks also claimed that the Portuguese manager has everything in place to be a success at Tottenham and controversially suggested that he should retire from football in case he fails to win a trophy at Tottenham.
He added, “The new Tottenham manager has been handed one of the best squads in the country, the best stadium in the world and one of the best academies in the game – and that is all accompanied by state-of-the-art training facilities.
“If Mourinho can’t win trophies at this club, he should consider retiring from football permanently. Let’s face it, that’s why he’s been hired – to win trophies. He can be rude and truculent. However, what he can do is win silverware.
“Regular readers will know that I have been one of Mourinho’s biggest critics over the past two years but Spurs are a very different club to Manchester United and this relationship might work.
“The moment you start hearing Spurs fans chanting Mourinho’s name, you’ll know it is.”
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The Tottenham job suits Mourinho perfectly as his main USP during his managerial career has been helping teams make that final step to win trophies. If he could somehow win the Premier League title with Tottenham, he will rightfully go down as the best manager in the history of the game.
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