Why Tottenham needed Poch Mour than Jose

After Jose Mourinho's revelations that he could have been Tottenham Hotspur boss, why the Chelsea manager would be ill-suited to the club.


It might not have been glaringly obvious at Wembley last weekend, as Jose Mourinho paraded the Capital One Cup around like a toddler with his first McDonald's kids meal, but Tottenham have little to envy Chelsea when it comes to the man in charge.

Pre-match, in classic Mourinho fashion, the Portuguese - every bit his best publicist - announced that Spurs had pursued him on two separate occasions, insisting that he didn't countenance their attentions due to his love of Chelsea. Oh, and the legally-binding contract he signed when ending his first reign at Stamford Bridge.

For Mauricio Pochettino, it was a parade-rainer, cruelly stealing all the headlines and column inches that were otherwise pre-prepared for his remarkable success since landing in England barely two years earlier.

Instead, Mourinho was putting him back in his corner: remember who the Special One is here, son.

Given the narrative that everyone willingly latched onto, fans of the Lilywhites could be forgiven for daydreaming about an alternate universe, wherein Mourinho wasn't so damn loyal to Chelsea and had agreed to take over at White Hart Lane - if only to inflict more torture on Arsene Wenger.

But, actually, arguably, it's the current guy in charge who could be their 'dream' manager.

If Mourinho has an ethos, it's win at all costs, which he's done to fabulous success. Quite how that would have transferred to Tottenham, a side a level below the elite, remains to be seen - most likely, it wouldn't.

Transfer policy and youth development are affected by this philosophy, just look at the fleet of young Chelsea starlets Mourinho has cast far and wide while preferring old war horses like John Terry. It took Thibaut Courtois becoming the best keeper in Europe before Petr Cech was finally demoted.

Certainly, the heart-warming nature of Spurs' cup final line-up - six of the starting XI classed as homegrown, and the same number of Englishmen - would be unlikely under Mourinho's hypothetical tenure.

Rather than Harry Kane emerging under his tutelage, Tottenham's line would most likely be lead by Didier Drogba, who Chelsea re-signed rather than give the likes of Patrick Bamford a promotion.

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