#SPORTS NEWS: Jose Morinho explains why he has broken Chelsea promise by managing Tottenham
Jose Mourinho once said he would never manage Tottenham because of his history with Chelsea.
Jose Mourinho has explained why he has gone back on his word that he would never become Tottenham manager.
Mourinho was appointed Tottenham boss on a three-year contract on Wednesday, replacing the sacked Mauricio Pochettino.
But back in 2015, when he was still in charge of Chelsea, he said he could never manage London rivals Spurs because he of his love for the Blues.
“Yes. I couldn’t go,” the Portuguese said in 2015.
“I couldn’t train in England for two years. I would not take the job because I love Chelsea supporters too much.”
Jose Mourinho held his first press conference on Thursday afternoon since taking the Spurs job.
And he was asked by a journalist: “When you were at Chelsea, you said you’d never come to Spurs – what changed?”
Mourinho responded: “[That was] before I was sacked! This is modern football. In relation to players, the Bosman law changed everything. In relation to us coaches, because of you [the media] we lost that stability.
“The relationships are fast. Players can get tired of each other, they can get tired of the manager. Everything is faster.
“When I went to Manchester United with a free mind, with a free heart. Manchester United occupied my heart even with things I did not enjoy too much.
“But I loved so many things there, the fans, the people that worked at the club. But now it is about Spurs and I just hope I can be really, really happy here and make people happy and try and make sure there is not a bigger fan than myself.
“If there is one person in the world who wants Spurs to win and be successful – there is not one person that wants it more than me, maybe the same but not more.
“Chelsea is the past. A great past, two periods of titles, a great past, but it is the past.”
Mourinho was sacked by Chelsea in December 2015, ending his second spell at the club.
The 56-year-old also paid tribute to predecessor Pochettino at his press conference.
“I’ve been smiling for two days,” Mourinho said.
“First of all I do it with a bit of sadness, I have to speak about Mauricio.
“I have to congratulate him on the incredible job he did. I share with you what we shared inside. This club will always be his home, this training ground his training ground. He is always welcome here.
“Tomorrow is another day. He will find happiness soon. He will give everything like he did at this club.
“He will leave with sadness with the feeling that he did great work. It is what everyone at the club felt.”
Mourinho’s first game in charge of Tottenham will be a visit to West Ham on Saturday (12.30pm).
Spurs then face Olympiakos in the Champions League at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Tuesday.