Former Liverpool manager Graeme Souness has backed Daniel Levy’s decision to replace Mauricio Pochettino with Jose Mourinho as Spurs manager.
The Argentine had been an increasing amount of pressure for several weeks due to poor results this season and with the performances not showing any signs of improving, the Spurs board finally decided to part ways with him yesterday evening.
They announced the appointment of Mourinho just hours after confirming Pochettino’s sacking.
While some Spurs fans are yet to be convinced by the special one, Souness insisted that the decision by Levy was nothing more than common sense.
Speaking to Sky Sports, the pundit said, “I think it was common sense [for Levy to sack Pochettino] and it was common sense again to go for the guy they have gone for.
“Mauricio Pochettino had appeared to be a man who didn’t want to be at Spurs, which I find very strange. Jose Mourinho is a perfect fit for them.”
He also insisted that the Tottenham job was the perfect one for Mourinho at this point and backed him to win silverware a the club.
“Spurs are genuinely a big football club and they need someone who can turn what is perceived to be attacking attractive football into a slightly more pragmatic approach that will put some silverware in the boardroom,” he said.
“He has won trophies wherever he’s been and I would expect him to do the same at Spurs.”
Finally, Souness also suggested that Spurs will benefit from the 56-year-old’s desire to prove himself following his sacking as Manchester United boss.
He added, “Deep inside, he is an angry and frustrated man with the way it turned out for him at United, so I think Spurs will reap the benefit of that.
“Will they win the league this year? No. But they will be far more difficult to play against.
“He is walking into a job in our league with no surprises, he knows what’s ahead of him, he knows the players he is playing against and will have a real grasp of the players he is working with.”
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Let’s hope Souness is right and that Mourinho has learned from his mistakes at Manchester United. The speed of the appointment has left it in no doubt that Mourinho was Levy’s first-choice candidate. It remains to be seen if the Special One has one final hurrah in English football or if his tactics will indeed get exposed as too conservative and outdated.
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