Daniel Levy took the difficult decision to sack Mauricio Pochettino in November 2019, before hiring Jose Mourinho as his replacement within the next 24 hours.
Mourinho brought with him a wealth of winning pedigree from his time at Porto, Inter Milan, Real Madrid, Chelsea, and Manchester United.
Tottenham had recently made a Champions League Final and moved into one of the best and most modern new stadiums in world football.
However, this move from White Hart Lane to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium brought with it a sizeable debt for the club to pay off over the foreseeable future.
Unfortunately, this has been made worse by the COVID-19 lockdown, causing the cancellation of a number of events due to be held at the ground this summer.
One journalist asked Mourinho in his pre-match press conference today whether Levy had discussed the financial and transfer implications of the new stadium when the Special One first joined the club.
Mourinho replied (Football London): “No discussion at all. The only thing that was important for me at that time was that my club has the best stadium in the world and the best training ground in the world. For me, there is nothing else than that.
“The first thing that Ancelotti told me – and you can imagine Ancelotti managed some of the best clubs in the world in the Bernabeu, the Allianz Arena, the San Siro – the first thing Carlo told me was ‘wow this stadium is absolutely incredible’.
“So when it’s my stadium I don’t think about anything else in relation to the stadium except the beauty of the stadium and the comforts and the motivation it is to play for a club that owns that stadium.
“Then after that, I think everything is internal and not to share in this discussion.”
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