The search for a successor to Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham Hotspur appears as though it isn’t going to be a long one.
It might be after midnight in London, but it seems Daniel Levy is burning the oil trying to get a deal done with Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho. If some reporters are to be believed, it’s basically academic at this point. It appears the terms have been reached, starting with Italian reporter Fabrizio Romano confirming via sources:
Fabrizio writes for Sky Sports, The Guardian and a couple of other outlets. He isn’t a slam dunk like our usual suspects that cover the club, but Romano is pretty close. Other journalists have chimed in such as Duncan Castles and Kaveh Solhekol:
Expecting José Mourinho to be announced as new Spurs manager tomorrow. Mauricio Pochettino victim of his own success. Sacked just five months after leading his team out at Champions League final— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) November 20, 2019
If you’re not keen on Mourinho joining Tottenham Hotspur and want some last bit of hope to cling to, David Ornstein of The Athletic offers an olive branch with some mildly cryptic writing:
Tottenham training on Wednesday has been moved from morning to afternoon with aim of appointing Mauricio Pochettino successor early in day & new boss leading squad in that session. Jose Mourinho in frame but not only option as Spurs close in on final decision @TheAthleticUK #THFC— David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) November 20, 2019
Ornstein is one of the best in the business, so if he says Spurs have moved the training, then you can take that to the bank. He seems to be painting an image of Jose being the top choice but, if it falls through, the club may announce a caretaker for the time being while other candidates are interviewed and offered. Some less-than-reliable sources on Twitter suggested Ryan Mason could take charge on Saturday, but that’s probably conjecture or wishcasting.
So this is where we’re at. It’s entirely possible we wake up tomorrow morning and Jose Mourinho is the man in charge at Spurs.