Jose Mourinho confirms his first appointment ahead of next season

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Jose Mourinho
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Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Ledley King will be joining his backroom staff next season.

The Spurs head coach revealed on Friday that his assistant and tactical analyst, Ricardo Formosinho, is set to depart North London after deciding that he wanted to try his hand as head coach and stated his desire to recruit someone who has an affiliation with the club (Daily Mail).

King retired from the professional game in 2012 at the age of 31 following long-standing knee issues and has since been working for the club in an ambassadorial role (BBC).

Mourinho stated that he hoped the club would not be upset with him for breaking the news before it has been officially confirmed.

The former Spurs captain has been working with the first-team from a defensive perspective since March and is said to be highly thought of by the squad (Evening Standard).

Mourinho revealed that he has been working closely with King and feels he understands what he needs to to do progress his career.

He told Sky Sports: “I don’t think the club will be upset with me by making it official,” 

“We are going to replace Ricardo with Ledley King.

“I met him. I worked quite close with him in this period. I know what he can give. I know what he has to learn and he’s very happy to do it.

“The fans of course love him, and he’s one more connection with our fans, the local community, from the young people that he knows from the academy.”

 

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