Mourinho in 2015: “I would never take the Tottenham job”

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Jose Mourinho had two different spells as Chelsea manager, and is regarded as the most successful Chelsea manager following the delivery of three Premier League titles to the Blues.

Mauricio Pochettino was sacked as Tottenham boss on Tuesday night and Mourinho was named his successor on Wednesday in a shock move that’s the current rave of media.

In 2015, Mourinho said he couldn’t manage Spurs out of respect for the Blues, but Jose has now gone against his word just four years after.

Ahead of Chelsea’s League Cup final with Spurs at Wembley in March 2015, Mourinho said he had been approached by Spurs chairman Daniel Levy to take over at White Hart Lane in September 2007, but he turned it down because of his love for Chelsea.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy had originally offered Mourinho the job in 2007, shortly after his first spell as Chelsea manager had come to an end. But Mourinho had revealed that he could never manage Tottenham because his emotional attachment with Chelsea is too strong.

Asked if he was approached in 2007 by Spurs, Mourinho said in 2015: “Yes. I couldn’t go. I couldn’t train in England for two years.”

He also said: “I would not take the job because I love Chelsea supporters too much.”

What now, Jose?

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