Jose Mourinho has admitted that he likes working with the Tottenham Hotspur hierarchy and that he wants to stay at the North London club for the long-term.
The Portuguese coach has achieved success at almost every club he has managed but he usually does not stay beyond the three-year mark.
In fact, he has even developed a reputation for becoming bitter during his third season, which was only further reinforced by his issues at Manchester United.
However, the 57-year-old suggested that he knew before going into his previous jobs that they were short-term projects and that the United job was the only one where he felt he needed more time.
The Tottenham boss told Football.London: “In a certain period of my career and the profile of club I was getting, we didn’t need as much time to reach success. We did it in Porto, Inter, Real, at Chelsea both times, we did it without the need of that longevity.
“Also my desire to try different things and my crazy desire to go to many countries and to try to win and get different experiences in many different countries was perfect because it was about winning and goodbye and let’s try another thing.
“The first club where I felt I need time and time was not given was at Manchester United, because I felt that I left in the middle of the process, but I learned very early to respect decisions, which I did at United.
“We did what we did, we did what was possible to do and we move on, and I am happy, they are happy, and we have a great relationship which is something that I’m very proud always to say. When I leave clubs, I keep very good relations with everybody and United is one more example of that.”
Mourinho claimed since he is now in a different stage of his career, he is now looking to stay at Spurs for the long haul.
However, he reiterated that he will strive to achieve success as soon as he could at the club.
Mourinho added: “Now in Tottenham, I know the profile of the job that I have in hand and, hopefully, up to now I am enjoying very, very much to be in the club.
“I believe that the club structure is also happy to work with me, so I see myself staying for a long time, but if we can accelerate the process, like we are accelerating, and been doing good things like we are doing, then, of course, we are not going to waste time.”
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Whether or not Mourinho actually ends up staying at Spurs for the long-term, it is certainly a positive sign that he wants to be here and build a legacy at the club. That suggests that he is not necessarily prioritising the here and now in the expense of the long-term planning while building the squad.
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