Former Tottenham manager and current Marseille head coach Andre Villas-Boas has admitted he is surprised to see Spurs appoint José Mourinho.
Villas-Boas lasted just 18 months at Spurs. The Portuguese was sacked after enduring a poor start to his second season in charge. Tim Sherwood replaced him, and six months later Mauricio Pochettino took over.
Mourinho is Tottenham’s first new manager since then, with Pochettino having lasted five-and-a-half years before losing his job earlier this week.
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy moved quickly to appoint Mourinho, who has now been in charge of both Spurs and and Chelsea, just like Villas-Boas.
But ‘AVB’ has confessed he is unsure whether Levy and Mourinho will make a good match in north London.
“He is going to a club I know well, Tottenham. I also know the owner well,” Villas-Boas said (via Record).
“It’s a surprising union. I know both José Mourinho and Daniel Levy well. They are two characters, I am not sure it will go very well!”
“But they reached an agreement and if there is one coach in the world who can make Tottenham win, it’s José.”
Villas-Boas was a divisive figure during his time at the club. He has almost been the forgotten man in recent years because of the relative success Pochettino enjoyed.
Some Tottenham fans might be a little dismayed by his comments, but a week ago we all would have been surprised if we were told Mourinho was set to take over from Pochettino.