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Spurs’ appointment of Mourinho backed by Souness

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Graeme Souness believes that Tottenham Hotspur have made an excellent decision following their hire of Jose Mourinho as manager, per Sky Sports.

What’s he said?

Mauricio Pochettino was sacked on Tuesday evening after a run of form that left the club 14th in the Premier League table, 11 points off the top four.

Mourinho was hired on Wednesday morning and has signed a three-and-a-half-year contract in north London.

And Souness believes that the former Manchester United and Chelsea manager is a “perfect fit” at the club.

He said: “I think it was common sense [for Levy to sack Pochettino] and it was common sense again to go for the guy they have gone for.

“Mauricio Pochettino had appeared to be a man who didn’t want to be at Spurs, which I find very strange.

“Jose Mourinho is a perfect fit for them.

“Spurs are genuinely a big football club and they need someone who can turn what is perceived to be attacking attractive football into a slightly more pragmatic approach that will put some silverware in the boardroom.

“He has won trophies wherever he’s been and I would expect him to do the same at Spurs.

“Deep inside, he is an angry and frustrated man with the way it turned out for him at United, so I think Spurs will reap the benefit of that.

“Will they win the league this year? No. But they will be far more difficult to play against.”

Will Mourinho win a trophy at Spurs?

Yep, he's a winner!

Yep, he's a winner!

No, they're not good enough!

No, they're not good enough!

Pedigree but not temperament

Mourinho has won trophies at every single club he has managed but Souness is missing one key aspect: he has left clubs under a cloud.

Think of his first exit from Chelsea or his departure from Manchester United.

At both clubs he left a fractured dressing room after very public fallouts with key figures. At United, he clashed with Paul Pogba; at Chelsea, it ended up being a significant chunk of his squad.

It remains to be seen how he will deal with Daniel Levy, a chairman who has repeatedly opted against splashing the cash.

Spurs, after all, became the first club in Premier League history to go through an entire summer without a single signing.

He is an excellent manager and he does have a pedigree, but the temperament has to be called into question.

Mourinho won’t be the “perfect fit” Souness thinks he is, if he stays true to his recent form.

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