José Mourinho was sensationally revealed as the new Tottenham Hotspur manager on Wednesday morning, despite the Portuguese boss previously claiming he would never accept a role at Spurs because of his 'love' for Chelsea supporters. 

Mourinho has been announced as the surprise new man in charge at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium following the shock sacking of Mauricio Pochettino on Tuesday evening, with the club languishing in 14th place in the Premier League.


The ex-Chelsea boss had previously been approached by Spurs in 2007 following his sacking by the Blues, and when later questioned about a potential move across London in 2015, Mourinho responded that he would never join the Lilywhites due to his Stamford Bridge ties, as reported by ​the Daily Mail.

"I would not take the job because I love Chelsea supporters too much," the now-Tottenham boss stated.

Mourinho will take charge of ​Spurs for this weekend's London derby against ​West Ham, where the ex-Inter coach will be keen to get off to a good start at his third Premier League club. 

The self-proclaimed 'Special One' was twice the Chelsea manager, leading the club to Premier League titles in both stints, and later went on to lead ​Manchester United to Europa League and EFL Cup glory.


All of his spells in the Premier League have ended bitterly however, and his apparent love for Chelsea seemed to have weakened when he replaced Louis van Gaal at the Red Devils in 2016. 

Mourinho appears to have finally severed all ties with the Blues following his latest managerial move, and the pair will go head-to-head just in time for Christmas, when ​Chelsea make the trip across London to the home of their fierce rivals on 22 December.

Tottenham have been in free fall this season, winning only three of their 12 Premier League fixtures, and Pochettino's men were on the receiving end of an incredibly humiliating 7-2 defeat to ​Bayern Munich in the Champions League. 

Spurs reached the final of the European competition last season, but were beaten by league leaders ​Liverpool, and they have struggled to recover since that night in Madrid.