​Ballsy or plain stupid?

That's the question that's been rattling around the brains of most Tottenham fans over the last 12 hours or so.

The decision to sack Mauricio Pochettino following a dreadful 2019 for Spurs - barring a weird European adventure - was met with near-total opposition by the club's fans, most of whom were grateful for how the Argentine turned the squad around from Tim Sherwood's laughing stock to Champions League runners-up.


For whatever reason, results dried up and Pochettino paid the ultimate price.

And now we have a certain grinning, lover of s**thousery back in the Premier League. It's yet to really sink in that Jose Mourinho will take charge of Tottenham's game at West Ham on Saturday, given that he's previously managed both ​Manchester United and ​Chelsea in the past, but this is the route chairman Daniel Levy and owner Joe Lewis have decided to pursue.

And, in all fairness, there's plenty on the Portuguese manager's CV to be impressed with. Levy and Lewis probably hadn't seen a CV as packed with accomplishments from candidates applying to be Tottenham manager in the past.

The one major thing that may have swayed the thinking of Tottenham's chiefs is that, regardless of whether you think he's hilarious or a muppet, Mourinho has a proven record of winning trophies, an area Tottenham haven't exactly been particularly strong in over the last ten years.

While it was honourable to hear Pochettino talk about winning the Premier League or Champions League instead of a domestic trophy, there weren't many out there who believed he was capable of delivering such a momentous victory. People chose to ignore the magnificent rebuilding job he did and instead hit him with the 'what have you won?' stick.

The bottom line is: Tottenham's squad is full of underachievers. There are some undeniably fantastic players at the club, but whenever they've been in with a chance of producing some kind of miracle, they've fallen at the final hurdle.

That mentality issue is something Mourinho will have to tackle pretty gently to start off with. He'll need to be careful not to upset what is already quite an agitated dressing room with any needless jibes pointed towards the squad.

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We all remember the strange bust-up he had with Paul Pogba during a training session at Manchester United. If he tries to curb Harry Winks' Instagram activity or Dele Alli's never-ending sponsorship deals, it'll get ugly real quick.

But ultimately, and while it may be pretty tough to accept, in terms of status Tottenham have upgraded. They just have. Put the two managers' accomplishments side by side and it's not difficult to see whose is more impressive.

If Mourinho can regain that positive energy that made him the 'Special One' earlier in his career, Tottenham can emerge from this dark hole they've found themselves in and become a genuine force again. Mourinho will be sure to target a serious run in the ​Champions League, given that Spurs are in a strong position to reach the knockouts as runners-up in their group behind Bayern Munich, and the prospect of Mourinho returning to the Bernabeu or San Siro looking to grind out a 1-0 aggregate victory over two legs is undeniably funny. Sorry, but it just is.

So yes, a darling of north London has left the club, and a conqueror of leagues throughout Europe is now in control. 


The right call? Time will tell, but there were certainly lesser names floated around as potential Pochettino replacements, and Mourinho is more than capable of restoring Tottenham back among the top six in the ​Premier League despite this awful start to the season. It's just whether that fire and mojo is still lingering somewhere in his belly.

Either way, it's going to be dramatic at ​Tottenham for a fair while, and fans are just going to have to grin and bear it, and enjoy the ride.