Opinion: The Poch era has ended, step forward Mourinho

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Mauricio Pochettino has gone and replaced with Mourinho, but was it really a surprise that he got the sack? It has been on the cards for some time now. To me, the daggers were out after the Liverpool Cup Final. After a brilliant performance against the Ajax in the semi-finals, he then goes and bloody changes the team, and we lose. Why? I believe that if he had kept the same team, we might have had a better chance than we did. Then there were his stupid comments in the summer break which didn’t help his situation. As for the league, his problems started the previous season.

When we have had a good performance he then goes and changes the team. Again, why? On top of all that there has been unrest in the changing rooms; fights among players, favouritism, drunkness etc. He had to go. Thanks for everything, but he exceeded his sell-by date. Now we move on and start afresh.

So, we have appointed Jose Mourinho as our new manager on a contract until the end of the 2022-23 season following a whirlwind 48 hours. Potential exciting times ahead.

Mourinho will be on almost double the wage of his predecessor was on, at £15million. Mourinho said: “I am excited to be joining a club with such a great heritage and such passionate supporters.” Then added, “The quality in both the squad and the academy excites me. Working with these players is what has attracted me.”

There you have it. We have a new manager.

Pochettino had a fair crack at the whip, but people had lost confidence in him. I know there will be some mourning his death (so to speak), but the majority will show their support for Mourinho and if he can win us trophies Pochettino’s spell will disappear into our history quite quickly. Fans can be quite fickle at times. It is about the now.

This had obviously been planned a long time ago. The quickness in sacking Pochettino and then replacing him within 12 hours tells you a lot.

Our next game will be against West Ham away. After that game we face Olympiacos FC, and we need a win to go through to the next round. I don’t think anybody could see us beating Bayern Munich after our 7-2 drubbing. Now there will be much more optimism and hopefully consistency against our second game against Bayern. I fancy, if not a win, then at least a draw.

Talking to fellow supporters I have noticed more buoyancy around, where there was only despair and dread. In fact, some have even spoken about relegation.

Pochettino was never interested in peripheral cups, Mourinho will be and could bring us our first trophy as quickly as this season. Mourinho is the highest-profile manager to take charge of our club, which might tell us something about Levy’s ambitions. Levy has always seen the building of a new stadium as the first phase of bringing back Tottenham’s Glory, Glory days. The appointment of Mourinho might be the next phase. We shall have to wait and see, but at this moment in time I am feeling positive. Before that, gloom and depression, now we can see more clearly…

Well, you’ve got to be positive, haven’t you?

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In the 90's, I was a writer for many of the top Spurs Fanzines (The Spurs, Spur of the Moment, MEHSTG and many others). A Spurs loyalist since the 60/61 season and now a season ticket holder (Premium). I run a Spurs Facebook page (“Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ voice” and co-run another one with Don Scully called “Tottenham Hotspur FC: Inside Track”). There is also a Spurs Twitter account (@HotspurVoice). I travel with Spurs to away games (including Europe). I have my a Blog (My blogging travels with Tottenham Hotspur Premium). The articles that appear on the blog also appear on SpursWeb and other applications.


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