Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Tottenham legend Ledley King will join his coaching staff next season.
The Portuguese revealed during his pre-match Crystal Palace press conference on Friday that his tactical analyst Ricardo Formosinho would be leaving Spurs and rumours circulated that King was on the verge of teaming up with Mourinho – with the Evening Standard reporting that a deal was close.
And after Tottenham secured a place in the Europa League next season thanks to a 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace, the Spurs boss announced that the 39-year-old would be replacing Formosinho.
King has been the club’s ambassador since retiring at the end of the 2011-2012 campaign due to constant knee injuries and will no doubt be looking to tighten up a Spurs defence that conceded 47 Premier League goals this term – their most for five seasons – and relish working with youngsters like Japhet Tanganga.
Mourinho told Sky Sports: “I don’t think the club will be upset with me by making it official. We are going to replace Ricardo with Ledley King.
“I met him. I worked quite close with him in this period. I know what he can give. I know what he has to learn and he’s very happy to do it.
“The fans of course love him, and he’s one more connection with our fans, the local community, from the young people that he knows from the academy.”