Former Manchester United Manager Jose Mourinho has vowed to bring “passion” to Tottenham and insists he “couldn’t be happier” after becoming the club’s new head coach.
The former Real Madrid and Chelsea boss has replaced Mauricio Pochettino who was sacked on Tuesday with the club 14th in the Premier League.
Negotiations between Spurs and Mourinho – who had been out of work since he was sacked by United in December – intensified over the last few days and concluded in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
In his first interview as head coach, Mourinho said: “I couldn’t be happier and if I was not as happy as I am, I wouldn’t be here.
“What can I promise? Passion – for my job but also passion for my club. It’s a privilege when a manager goes to a club and feels that happiness in relation to the squad that he’s going to have.
“These are not words of the moment. They are not words of me being the Tottenham head coach.
These are words that I’ve told and I’ve repeated in the last three, four, five years even as an opponent.
“To play against Tottenham at White Hart Lane was always hard but beautiful. It was one of these places where I used to go with passion but also with respect.”
Mourinho’s first match in charge is a trip to West Ham on Saturday, where he will look to end a five-match winless run.
Spurs are already 20 points behind leaders Liverpool after just 12 matches, but the 56-year-old believes the quality of Tottenham’s academy points towards a positive future.