Darren Bent has insisted appointing Ledley King to Jose Mourinho’s backroom staff is a masterstroke.
Mourinho revealed during Friday’s pre-Crystal Palace press conference that he was set to appoint someone with a connection to the club after confirming that assistant manager and analyst Ricardo Formosinho would be departing North London to pursue a managerial career (Daily Mail).
King has already gained his UEFA coaching qualifications and has previously helped to coach the club’ Under-18 side along with his ambassadorial role (Evening Standard).
“That guy can do the lot, he can do everything – play, defend, everything, and he did it with one leg,” Bent told Football Insider.
“Do you know what’s mad though? I’ve always thought to myself surely when he retired one of the managers would get him on board on the coaching staff defensively. Honestly, outstanding.”
The Spurs legend featured 268 times for the lilywhites in the Premier League only for a knee issue prevent him from prolonging his career as a player (PL).
“I don’t know if it was him that didn’t or what but it didn’t happen but I always felt managers were missing a trick with him because this guy, the fans love him – that’s a way to get the fans on board because they idolise him – he’s obviously that good as well.
“It’s a masterstroke from Mourinho if he pulls that off.”
King was captain for Spurs the last time they won a major trophy which was the Carling Cup in 2008 (BBC).
Mourinho is looking to develop the Spurs squad into trophy winners and King could help provide that experience to this current Tottenham side.
Spurs Web Opinion
Ledley King back at the club is a great move. He could provide so much knowledge to the defence and, in particular, young Japhet Tanganga. As previously reported, Mourinho thinks very highly of King so the pair could form a successful partnership.
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