Jose Mourinho has insisted he will offer ‘passion’ to Tottenham Hotspur in his first interview with the club since taking the reins on Wednesday morning.
After the club opted to relieve Mauricio Pochettino of his duties on Tuesday night, Spurs acted quickly to instil heir new boss, with Mourinho being appointed just 12 hours on from Poch’s sacking.
The former Manchester United boss has already set about putting in place his backroom staff, with
“I couldn’t be happier and if I was not as happy as I am, I wouldn’t be here,” he said.
“These are not words of the moment. These are not the words of me being Tottenham Head Coach. These are words that I’ve told and I’ve repeated in the last three, four, five years even as an opponent.”
With Tottenham languishing in 14th place in the Premier League after a dire start to the season, ending their current torrid run of form will be one of his first objectives. With the squad at his disposal, the 56-year-old admitted his new side should not be in the predicament they find themselves in.
“I always told about the club’s potential. I always told about the qualities of the players. I always told about the magnificent work the club was doing,” he added. “I really like this squad and looking to the young players, there is not one manager in the world that doesn’t like to play young players and help young players develop.”
With a weekend fixture with West Ham to come up first on his Tottenham calendar, Mourinho claimed that looking towards the next game was the first port of call, with a full assessment of the season to come after his side begin picking up results.
He concluded: “In relation to the Premier League I think I know where we are and we know that we don’t belong there. We should just play match after match, the next match we want to win and it’s the same about the next, and the next until the last.
“At the end of the season we will see where we are, but I know we are going to be in a different position than where we are now.