Jose Mourinho has revealed a coach who has a “connection with the club” will join Tottenham’s backroom staff this summer to replace the outgoing Ricardo Formosinho.
Formosinho joined Spurs with Mourinho back in November but will now leave to become a head coach at an unnamed club, leaving an open slot in the first-team set-up.
And Mourinho says someone familiar with Tottenham will replace Formosinho over the summer.
“My other assistant Ricardo is leaving and he’s leaving because he feels he would like to have one of his last opportunities, probably because of his age, to be a head coach,” the Spurs boss said in his press conference on Friday (via the London Evening Standard).
“I’m not going to say where but we all wish him all the best. Who is coming to replace him? I prefer that it’s the club that’s going to inform you about that but I prefer to go in the direction of developing local people, instead of bringing somebody with me.
“So it’ll be someone with a history of the club, (a) connection with the club, so let’s try to give them the opportunity.”
Now I know what you’re thinking. Lower your expectations – it is very unlikely Mauricio Pochettino is going to return as Mourinho’s new assistant. There’s probably more chance of Tim Sherwood rocking up at N17 again.
So who could it be? Ryan Mason has worked with the development squads since his premature retirement and has perhaps earned a promotion.
Meanwhile, Robbie Keane is out of work since leaving the Republic of Ireland with Mick McCarthy in April. He’d certainly be a welcome addition given his stature among the fanbase.