Jose Mourinho Backroom Staff Confirmed With Joao Sacramento Joining as Assistant Manager

​Jose Mourinho has already began crafting his backroom staff at Tottenham, with the club confirming that Lille’s assistant manager Joao Sacramento will link up with his fellow Portuguese to take up the same role in north London.

After deciding to axe Mauricio Pochettino on Tuesday evening, Spurs acted quickly to name their successor with the former Chelsea and Manchester United manager instilled just 12 hours after the sacking announcement was made.

Looking to hit the ground running as he takes charge of a ​Premier League side once more, Mourinho has moved swiftly to confirm his backroom team, as Tottenham confirmed the news that Sacramento had left the Ligue 1 side in making the move to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

A statement on the club’s ​official website read: “We can now confirm the appointments of Joao Sacramento, Carlos Lalin, Nuno Santos, Ricardo Formosinho and Giovanni Cerra as part of new Head Coach Jose Mourinho’s coaching staff.

“Joao joins as Assistant Head Coach from Ligue 1 side Lille, where he worked in a similar role and has also held the same position at Monaco. Nuno also joins from Lille as our new Goalkeeper Coach, having enjoyed a playing career in Portugal and Major League Soccer.

“Carlos will take up the position of Fitness Coach, having previously worked with Jose at Chelsea, Manchester United and Real Madrid, while Ricardo and Giovanni will take up roles as Tactical Analyst and Technical Analyst respectively. 

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“Both have also worked under Jose in the past with Ricardo, a former manager of Santa Clara and Kuala Lumpar, having spent time at Old Trafford, while Giovanni worked as an analyst at both Chelsea and Manchester United.”

Mourinho was forced to implement entirely new staff after Tottenham also sacked assistant Jesus Perez, first-team coach Miguel D’Agostino and goalkeeping coach Toni Jimenez along with the Argentine boss.

Nevertheless, the likelihood of Mourinho keeping hold of the previous backroom team was unlikely, with the most surprising element of the new team being the lack of Rui Faria.


Faria and Silvino Louro were two of Mourinho’s most trusted allies during his career, having sat alongside the 56-year-old in the dugout during his spells at Chelsea, Inter, Real Madrid and United as assistant coaches.

​In what has been a whirlwind 24 hours at the club, hiring the new manager and his backroom team quickly will have been crucial in order for the new boss to turn the tide at a club who have been in dire form this season. Earning just 14 points from 12 games and languishing in 14th place in the Premier League table, Mourinho’s first match in the dugout will be away at West Ham on Saturday. 

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