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Paul Gascoigne has hailed Tottenham Hotspur’s appointment of Jose Mourinho as their new manager, per Sky Sports.
Spurs, of course, are currently 14th in the Premier League, 11 points behind the top four.
And Gascoigne, who played for the club between 1988 and 1992, winning the FA Cup in 1991, believes Mourinho is a top appointment as Spurs look to claw that gap back.
He said: “The way Manchester City have put pressure on everybody, people are looking for the best.
“As far as I’m concerned, Jose Mourinho is an unbelievable manager.
“If I was a Tottenham player now and knowing Jose Mourinho was going to be the manager I would be more than happy.
“Have you had a look at what Jose Mourinho has won? Jesus. Alex Ferguson was an unbelievable manager, the best ever in the world, and Jose Mourinho isn’t far from him. You cannot get any better than him.”
Ferguson built a dynasty at Manchester United.
Mourinho has never lasted more than three years at a single club.
To compare the two, at this point, is faintly ridiculous.
Of course, the Portuguese’s trophy haul speaks for itself and he is as decorated a manager as Spurs could have found.
But is he going to outlast even Pochettino, who spent five-and-a-half years at the club?
One has to presume that the answer is no.
Thus, this is an appointment built on short-termism more than anything else, and on a desire to get back to winning ways as quickly as possible.
Don’t expect Mourinho to do for Tottenham what Ferguson did for United, not by a long chalk.