Jose Mourinho vows to end his three-year curse at Tottenham as he reveals he would ‘love’ to stay as Spurs boss for FIVE YEARS and make them the last club he manages in the Premier League
- Jose Mourinho wants to match Mauricio Pochettino’s five-year stay at Tottenham
- Pochettino was sacked by Spurs on Tuesday and swiftly replaced by Mourinho
- The Portuguese boss admitted this could be his final job in the Premier League
- Mourinho would like his final job to be in charge of his local team Vitoria Setubal
Jose Mourinho says he wants to emulate Mauricio Pochettino stay in charge at Tottenham for at least five years.
Mourinho has signed a contract until 2023 in north London and insists he views Spurs as a long-term project before a possible return to his native Portugal where he would like his final job to be in charge of his local team Vitoria Setubal.
The 56-year-old who replaced Pochettino on Tuesday admits this could be his last job in the Premier League although he does not have a reputation for long-term tenures.
Jose Mourinho has said he wants to emulate Mauricio Pochettino’s five-year stay at Tottenham
Pochettino was sacked on Tuesday night and swiftly replaced by Mourinho in north London
He has never stayed at a club as the head coach or manager for more than the three years and almost four months he spent in his first spell at Chelsea from 2004.
‘My last club in England, I would love that to be the case,’ said Mourinho. ‘I would love to stay for many years.
‘I say many years but I know realistically how football is. If I could do a Mauricio for five-and-a-half years, it would be amazing.
‘I would be 61 – and then 10 more years and maybe Vitoria Setubal in Portugal the last job.’
Mourinho arrived at Chelsea from Porto where he was in charge for two and a half years.
Mourinho has never stayed at a club as head coach or manager for more than the three years
He has been at Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid, Chelsea again and then Manchester United
After Chelsea came two years at Inter Milan and three at Real Madrid before a return to Stamford Bridge for two and a half years.
He spent a similar length of time at Manchester United and was sacked in December last year.
Mourinho has also said in the past he would like to manage in international football with Portugal.
Pochettino joined Tottenham in 2014 and was fired earlier this week but Mourinho was quick to address his predecessor’s exit in his first press conference on Thursday.
Mourinho said: ‘I have to congratulate him for the work he did and I have to share with you what we already shared indoors which is this club will always be his home.
Assistant coach Jesus Perez took a photo of Mauricio Pochettino writing his goodbye note
The note read: ‘Big thanks to you all! We can’t say goodbye… you will always be in our hearts’
‘This training ground will always be his training ground. He can come when he wants. When he misses the players, misses the people he worked with, the door is always open for him.
‘From my experience, tomorrow is another day and he will find happiness again, he will find a great club again and he will have a great future.’
It was revealed on Thursday night that Pochettino’s final goodbye to the Tottenham squad was written on a club tactics board, saying: ‘you will always be in our hearts’.
With no time to say his farewells face-to-face due to the international commitments of his squad, Pochettino wrote: ‘Big thanks to you all! We can’t to (sic) say goodbye…. you will always be in our hearts’, with his signature at the bottom, as shown via a Tweet on Thursday from his assistant Jesus Perez.
Mourinho will take charge of Tottenham for the first time on Saturday when they travel across London to take on West Ham.