Jose Mourinho has declared the opportunity to work with his new Tottenham squad as a ‘privilege’, while also revealing that he intends to make use of Spurs’ academy to promote the club’s young talent.
Taking over the reins following the shock sacking of Mauricio Pochettino on Wednesday morning, the former Manchester United boss has already taken charge of his first training session with his new team as he looks to amend the fortunes of a side struggling desperately for form this season.
Just 14 points from their opening 12 Premier League games ultimately proved to be the final nail in Pochettino’s coffin, with the club acting swiftly to appoint their new head coach – who has also crafted his backroom staff with equal efficiency.
Having taken charge of Chelsea and United in the past, the 56-year-old claimed that the current crop of Spurs stars is one he is excited to work with, hinting that little change needs to occur to have the squad back among the league’s elite sides.
“It’s a privilege when a manager goes to a club and feels that happiness in relation to the squad he is going to have,” he said on the club’s official website.
“It didn’t happen many times. To be honest, the majority of the times we go to clubs and we always think ‘we like some, I don’t like enough’ and you think immediately about what to do to change, what to do to make an approach between your ideas and the profile of the players.
“This is a completely different case, and these are not words of the moment, they are not words of me being the Tottenham Head Coach, these are words that I told and repeated in the last three, four, five years, even as an opponent.
One of the reoccurring criticisms of Mourinho’s previous tenures has been his preference to field experience over youth, something the Portuguese insists will not be the case in his new role, instead insisting the academy the club have in place will play a pivotal role moving forward.
“I really like this squad. Of course, I’m not going to say names, I’m not going to tell you individuals because this is completely against my concept of what a team has to be, but I like a lot the ability of the squad,” he added.
“There is not one manager in the world who does not like to play young players and help young players to evolve, there is not one.
“The problem is sometimes you get into clubs and the work that is below you is not good enough to produce these players, but when you have them, the managers are always happy to develop these players, so I look to our history and you see that the Academy is always giving the talent the first team needs. Of course, I also look forward to work with that profile.”