Former Tottenham and Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy has insisted that Jose Mourinho is likely to stay in North London for a long time and win trophies with the club.
The Portuguese coach replaced Mauricio Pochettino back in November and while Tottenham’s results have improved since his arrival, the team has still been fairly inconsistent.
Many have remarked that the former Chelsea and Manchester United boss looks calmer in North London than he has done in previous stints and Murphy believes it is a sign that the 57-year-old is prepared to take a more patient approach than at his former clubs.
In his column for the Daily Mail, Murphy wrote: “Mourinho is the older at 57 but I don’t feel he’s a busted flush. My instinct tells me he’s going to be at Spurs for the long haul, certainly longer than the two-and-a-half years he spent at United.
“You can already see a more patient approach from him, interested in building a team rather than buying ready-made. The London aspect may be part of that — living at home rather than in a hotel apartment is always helpful for long-term planning.”
The former England midfielder sighted Tottenham’s approach in the transfer market as evidence that Mourinho was planning for the future than the short term.
He also backed the Spurs boss to out last Pep Guardiola and guide the Lilywhites to their first piece of silverware in more than 12 years.
Murphy added: “Last month Spurs signed two players in their early-20s, Steven Bergwijn and Giovani Lo Celso, on permanent deals.
“The manager also gave an unexpected chance to a young homegrown defender, Japhet Tanganga, who has looked outstanding.
“Mourinho will see the massive potential and I think he will win something. He’s never failed to win a trophy at any club so it’s logical to believe that.’
“While it was a brave decision by Spurs to bring him in, it made sense given they have only won one cup this century.
“Mourinho will be excited about developing the potential of Dele Alli, Harry Kane, when fit, and Bergwijn, who’s hungry and at 22 the right age.
“I can see Jose still being at Tottenham when Pep moves on from City, even though this season is far from a disaster.”
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There was a feeling that the calmer version of Jose that we saw during the early days at Spurs wouldn’t last for too long and that he would soon return to his old ways. However, that has not turned out to be the case. He genuinely seems to be much calmer and more relaxed than his previous stints which hopefully indicates that he is planning to create a legacy at the club.
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