Spurs and Mourinho; Inspired or Desperation?
The surprise union of convenience between Spurs and Jose Mourinho would suggest that both club and manager accept this as a pivotal juncture in their respective futures.
Once the 'Special One', then the 'Happy One, Mourinho now finds himself railing against accusations that he is now the 'Forgotten One'; his staid, functional, defensive approach overtaken by the swashbuckling flair of Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp, Erik ten Hag, Marcelo Gallardo and Jesse Marsch. Comparative failures, or certainly underwhelming tenures, at Chelsea and Manchester United mean thus is very much the last-chance saloon at the highest level for the Portuguese maestro.
For Spurs and Daniel Levy the appointment is a drastic break-away from their long-held traditions and values. Spurs were fortunate to reach the Champions League Final last season and possess a squad lacking the essential Mourinho requirements of strength in depth. Furthermore, it would be a seismic shift for the notoriously frugal Levy to suddenly grant Mourinho the colossal financial clout in the transfer market that forms the second non-negotiable criteria of his reigns. Youth development and player potential have been a key ethos of Spurs's long-term policy; yet Mourinho demands ready-made superstars, usually at or approaching their peak years and resorts to youthful options only as a thinly-disguised swipe at the boardroom to highlight his perceived squad limitations or to deflect unfavourable spectator and media attention.
A firing and determined Mourinho with perhaps the motivation to prove people wrong would be a formidable asset for any club. But can Spurs afford the cost, both in the short-term financial outlay and the inevitable carnage that precedes his 2-3yr revolving departures?