Opinion: Next season could see the return of The Special One

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Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Jose Mourinho is one of the most decorated managers in world football and has achieved great success throughout his time in charge of some of the biggest clubs on the planet.

However, after a few years of not living up to his name casting doubt over if he deserves such a title, the 2020/21 season could see The Special One reclaim his crown.

After being appointed as new head coach for Spurs (The Guardian), news which was a big surprise to many, it was known that it would be one of the most challenging spells of his career so far.

Success has not been a common occurrence in N17, especially in recent years, so ending a trophy drought that has lasted for over a decade would take something or someone… special.

Mourinho has spent the majority of his years taking the helm at some of the wealthiest clubs in world football, with free reign to spend absurd money in order to assemble a side that he believes will perform on the pitch, but Tottenham is different.

Much to the fans’ frustration, Daniel Levy & Co pride themselves on balancing the books and making sure they get the most out of every penny spent, leaving the Spurs faithful to often feel short-changed. This also requires a manager who needs to be cautious about business in the transfer window.

With the team of 2016/17 slowly falling apart, a side which many would say is the most talented squad to grace the White Hart Lane turf in modern history, Mourinho is faced with the rebuild former boss Mauricio Pochettino knew needed to happen (Sky Sports).

Players who were influential for the club in their journey to become Champions League challengers are cutting their ties with Spurs and there is a threat that more could be eyeing the exit if a major trophy is not secured next campaign.

Not only is Mourinho facing these internal barriers at Spurs, something he should have been aware of when putting pen to paper back in November, but he will also be expected to perform against the Premier League clubs that have been splashing the cash.

With the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City setting the bar for potential title contenders, Chelsea and Manchester United are flexing their financial muscle in a bid to close the gap at the top.

Nevertheless, if anyone has the experience to give his side the edge over these big spenders it is Mourinho, and no one is denying that the pressure which rests on his shoulders to bring home silverware next season is big.

After a lacklustre campaign that featured many lows, something unexpected after a Champions League run to remember the season before, Spurs were left with a glimmer of hope after being given a shot at the Europa League.

The competition is going to be vital for the club as it is another possible route to securing Champions League football and, with the top four places becoming sought after more than ever, it gives Mourinho the chance to win the tournament for the third time in three attempts.

The 2020/21 season is a huge opportunity for Mourinho to silence his critics, who have doubted his managerial abilities in an attempt to tear down his legacy of late.

If he can lead Spurs to a major trophy, it would swing momentum not only in favour of the club but in favour of himself as he would have achieved something Tottenham fans have been waiting to see for a very long time, cementing himself in the club’s history as The Special One.

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