Paul Merson makes prediction over Mourinho’s future at Tottenham

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Dom Le Roy
Former Arsenal player Paul Merson has reacted negatively to Jose Mourinho’s appointment at Tottenham Hotspur.
Daniel Levy took the decision to sack Mauricio Pochettino on Tuesday evening after five and a half years in charge in North London with Mourinho confirmed as his successor less than a day later.
Mourinho took charge of Spurs for the first time yesterday afternoon and guided his side to a 3-2 victory away to West Ham United.
Merson has suggested that history tells us that Mourinho will not be a long term appointment in North London.
Pochettino laid the foundations during his five year spell at the club where he qualified for the Champions League in four occasions, including an appearance in last season’s final against Liverpool.
Instead, Merson believes that the appointment of the Portuguese is a knee jerk reaction at the risk of missing out on qualification for European football’s most prestigious club competition.

“There is no doubt he (Mourinho) is still a very good manager. But I still cannot believe that he is the new Tottenham boss,” Merson wrote in the Daily Star.

“I cannot see the plan behind this, it is simply a quick fix. Spurs have panicked because they are worried they won’t qualify for the Champions League next season.

“There is no project, there is no plan – it’s simply get us in the Champions League because we have to balance the books. I just don’t know where this is going with Mourinho.”

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  1. Well, when you have the analytical capacity of a peanut, I guess that is the only kind of observation you are capable of making. However, if it was “simply a quick fix”, then the notoriously parsimonious Daniel Levy would not have extended a 3 1/2 year contract to Mourinho, would he? He would have appointed a caretaker manager until the end of the season.

    In my opinion, based upon Mourinho’s track record of delivering silverware, Levy is taking the gamble of being able to work with his notorious ego and harness his abilities long enough, to deliver a trophy or two. All the while operating within the framework of the club’s financial and executive structure, whilst building up the club’s finances and monetarising its commercial potential.

    Having an ‘A list’ manager, with Mourinho’s star power, is also going to help Levy considerably, when it comes to negotiating a naming rights deal for the stadium and other commercial deals. If it was, let us say, Eddie Howe replacing Poch, it would not remotely be in the same league commercially, from the perspective of global branding and name recognition. So don’t think that someone as commercially savvy as Levy is not acutely aware of that.


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