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Stan Collymore has criticised Tottenham Hotspur’s appointment of Jose Mourinho as their new manager on Twitter.
Collymore, though, took to Twitter following the announcement to denounce Spurs’ appointment, insisting that he would leave them in worse shape than when he arrived.
The club are currently 14th in the Premier League, 11 points behind the top four.
He said: “Amazing how some have bought into ‘Mourinho the winner’ without any regard for how he leaves clubs.
“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.”
Nobody has a crystal ball. Who could have foreseen that Pochettino would be sacked and Mourinho appointed at the beginning of this season?
But Collymore absolutely has a point.
Both clubs sacked him and immediately underwent major revamps – Chelsea became a three-at-the-back team while United offloaded Mourinho signings Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez in the summer.
His appointment could well guarantee Spurs a trophy – he has won one at every club he has managed since Porto – but it remains to be seen what aftershocks he will eventually leave behind.
History suggests that he will stay at the club for at most three years – he has never lasted longer – and that he could well alienate a few stars along the way.
Having become a force under Pochettino, who forged a team on unity and desire, it remains to be seen whether Mourinho will build on his work or merely tear it all down.