Jose Mourinho, despite being out of work for an entire year, is one of the biggest managers in world football and his appointment at Tottenham was bound to garner attention. The Special One was named the new Spurs boss less than 12 hours after sacking Mauricio Pochettino and this decision was met with two opposing reactions.
On one side, we have the camp that is excited about his arrival. While Mauricio Pochettino is held in high regard over his five-year spell in north London and how he transformed the club, one of the biggest critiques of his reign was the lack of trophies. The Argentine won nothing since being appointed and while the lack of a Premier League crown can be excused, Tottenham never lifted the FA Cup nor the League Cup, always coming close but not close enough.
That criticism does not hold up against the Special One. While he has his fair share of critics, none can deny that he wins trophies everywhere he goes – his short spells with Benfica and União de Leiria in the first two years of his managerial careers are the only exceptions.
Jose since Tottenham last won a trophy
Major trophies won by Jose Mourinho since Tottenham's last trophy (2008 League Cup):— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) November 20, 2019
4 League titles ( x 2, , )
1 Champions League
1 Europa League
2 primary domestic cups (, )
2 English League Cups pic.twitter.com/pejE9i9gA0
In two years at Porto, he won six titles, including back-to-back Primeira Liga trophies, Taca de Portugal, the UEFA Cup in 2003, and the UEFA Champions League the following year. He then joined Chelsea and helped make the club what they are today: a giant in England. He won three Premier League crowns over two spells at the club, one FA Cup, three League Cups, and the FA Community Shield in 2005 for a combined total of eight trophies.
At Inter Milan, it was five pieces of silverware, including their unforgettable treble in 2009/10, becoming the first coach to win the Serie A, Coppa Italia, and Champions League in the same season. Real Madrid came next where he won three titles before returning to Chelsea. Then there was his spell with Man United where he won another three trophies – the Community Shield, the Europa League, and the League Cup. Furthermore, the manager won at least one title in his debut seasons on every single occasion.
Eight domestic top-flight titles, 11 domestic cups, four European crowns -- Mourinho's trophy cabinet so far
However, here is where his detractors come. They argue that Tottenham, a team that are now synonymous with playing attractive football and boasting young talents, made a huge mistake in appointing the 56-year-old due to his recent trends.
Everywhere he goes, trophies follow. Sure, that is true. Everywhere he goes, drama ensues and that is the undeniable truth that has left many flabbergasted by this move. He left Porto in 2004 and Inter Milan in 2010 on good terms, with jibes at his rivals and clashes with the media being the only stain. However, the same cannot be said for his time at Real Madrid, Chelsea, and most recently Man United.
Amazing how some have bought into "Mourinho the winner" without any regard for how he leaves clubs.— Stan Collymore (@StanCollymore) November 20, 2019
Unbalanced, fractured, overspending,soulless.
Everything Spurs tried to avoid.
Good luck, I like Spurs a lot, but it's not how this man comes in, it's how he'll leave you.
The Special One was on bad terms with the likes of Sergio Ramos, Iker Casillas, and Cristiano Ronaldo during his Santiago Bernabeu reign. Under his guidance, Los Blancos became a hated club, in the words of Pepe. Jose eventually left for a club that loved him – Chelsea – but even that relationship turned sour.
When he was sacked by Chelsea, the Blues were in the 16th spot and were one point above the relegation. His row with former doctor Eva Carneiro and constantly accusing his players of betrayal all but sucked the harmony at the London giants but even that paled in comparison to what happened at Man United.
His arrival at Old Trafford was initially celebrated. A proven manager took over following disappointing spells under David Moyes and Louis Van Gaal. Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku eventually joined the club but it didn't take long for the cracks to start appearing.
In his second season in charge, the Red Devils weren't impressive but they still managed to finish second in the standings. His third season is when all hell broke loose. The football was horrendous and the defending, an art Mourinho was known for perfecting, was even worse. Jose began publicly lashing out at the board for failing to sign a center-back, slamming the media for the constant criticism he received, and criticizing his own players for their lack of discipline.
Jose is accused of having a large ego, which could be a source of trouble, as pointed out by Charles Watts
Unless one of them changes their ways, it's tough to come up with a worse fit than Mourinho and Levy. It's got ticking time bomb written all over it.— Charles Watts (@charles_watts) November 20, 2019
His rift with Paul Pogba was the cherry on top of the cake as the Portuguese boss had numerous spats with the Frenchman before losing the dressing room entirely. He was eventually sacked in December 2018, continuing his trend of failing to stay at a club for more than three seasons in all but one occasion.
There is also the issue of money. Jose complained of a lack of funds in his final season at Man Utd, which could be a reocurring thing at Spurs
Mauricio Pochettino had a net spend of £109m over five-and-a-half years at Tottenham. Jose Mourinho almost matched that over a 12-week period in 2018. Extraordinary gamble from Daniel Levy.— Daniel Storey (@danielstorey85) November 20, 2019
It's likely that all of this was taken under consideration before Tottenham offered him the job. Jose will have a talented squad at his disposal and they will probably enjoy a honeymoon period in the first season or two. Whether chaos will erupt come 2021/22, time will tell.