Tottenham appointed Jose Mourinho as the new manager of the club, hours after the firing of Mauricio Pochettino last November 20th.
Mourinho will be making his Premier League return after his disappointing run in Manchester United, which causes the club to terminate him in December 2018.
Pochettino was fired from his post in Tottenham after a poor start in the Premier League season since the club is currently ninth in the table with 14 points before the appointment of Mourinho.
“We were extremely reluctant to make this change and it is not a decision the Board has taken lightly, nor in haste,’’ said Tottenham chairman David Levy via the club website.
“Regrettably domestic results at the end of last season and[the] beginning of this season have been extremely disappointing.’’
Pochettino’s five-year tenure at Tottenham highlighted by the club’s successful campaign in the UEFA Champions League last season, which the club qualified to the finals but lost against Liverpool, 2-0.
Before joining Tottenham in 2014, Pochettino previously coached Southampton and Spanish club Espanyol.
Mourinho meanwhile had a chance to redeem himself after his unfortunate stint in Manchester United and turn the fortunes around of Tottenham.
The Portuguese mentor had been a proven winner in leading Chelsea into three Premier League crowns and guided FC Porto and Inter Milan to UEFA Champions League crown in 2002-03 and 2009-10 respectively.
Inter Milan also won two Serie A crowns under Mourinho and Real Madrid got a La Liga title in Mourinho’s brief stint.
“In Jose, we have one of the most successful managers in football. He has a wealth of experience, can inspire teams and is a great tactician. He has won honors at every club he has coached. We believe he will bring energy and belief to the dressing room,” Tottenham chairman Levy said in a press release posted on the club website about the appointment of Mourinho.
Mourinho’s contract with Tottenham will run until the end of the 2022-2023 season.
The veteran mentor already laid down the target for this season saying via the club website:” I couldn’t be happier and look forward to the challenge. What can I promise? Passion, real passion. Passion for my job, but also a passion for my Club, that’s the way I have been all my career and I want to try, obviously, everything to bring happiness to everyone who loves the Club.”
Mourinho stint in Tottenham started in a positive way after a 3-2 win against West Ham at the London Stadium in London last November 23rd.
Son Heung-min, Lucas Moura and Harry Kane scored a goal each for Tottenham during the 36th, 43rd and 49th minute respectively to give Mourinho his first win with Tottenham.
Thierry Henry appointed as Montreal Impact coach
Thierry Henry will make his return to coaching after the Major League Soccer(MLS) club Montreal Impact announced his appointment as the new coach of the Canadian club last November 14th.
“We are extremely happy to announce the nomination of this legend of the game,” said Montreal Impact president and CEO Kevin Gilmore via the club website. “Henry will bring new energy to our club. He shares our vision to elevate this club and will help us achieve our goals on and off the field. He is a competitor and a leader who has proven himself at the highest level throughout his career. He now brings these qualities with him to Montreal, a place he wants to be.”
Henry last coached his former club Monaco in French Ligue 1 but he was fired in January, just after 20 games or three months after his appointment in failing to turn the fortunes of the club.
Despite an unsuccessful coaching stint with Monaco, Henry will bring his coaching prowess and winning pedigree as a player. After retiring in 2014, Henry began his coaching career in Arsenal Football academy in 2015, then was named as part of Roberto Martinez’s coaching staff for Belgium football team in the 2016 FIFA World Cup, which The Red Devils finished third in the tournament after beating England in third place battle.
The French striker suited for Monaco, Juventus, Arsenal, FC Barcelona, and MLS club New York Red Bulls, along the way, pocketed three Premier League, two La Liga, one French Ligue 1 and one UEFA Champions League titles.
He was also part of the France football team which won the 1998 World Cup crown.
In Montreal, Henry will have a lot of work to be done especially since the club last reached the MLS Cup playoffs in 2016.
Montreal finished ninth in the Eastern Conference of the 2019 MLS season with 41 points.