#SPORTS NEWS: Tottenham players “surprised” by Jose Mourinho on first day at new club
Jose Mourinho made a very good first impression on the Tottenham squad on his first day in charge, with many of the players surprised by how different he is in person to the image he portrays.
The Portuguese coach signed a deal until 2023 to replace Mauricio Pochettino, who was sacked just five months after reaching the Champions League final following a disappointing start to the new season.
He was unveiled on Wednesday morning and took charge of his first training session in the afternoon, having assembled a new look backroom team for his reign at Spurs.
Mourinho cut an increasingly sullen and irritable figure during his final months at Manchester United, while he has a reputation for being a hard manager to work under, isolating a number of players at Old Trafford.
He is believed to have tried to reform his image during his time out of the game and the Evening Standard report that the squad were taken back by how engaging and friendly their new manager is.
Mourinho took the time to speak to each player individually, outlining his plan for them, and also addressed the group as a whole.
Training footage shared by Tottenham showed a much more relaxed Mourinho than the one that left United, laughing and joking with the players.
After Wednesday’s rigorous first session he shared a chat with Dele Alli, gave Eric Dier and Giovani Lo Celso pats on the head and embraced Harry Kane, walking off with the striker as they left the training pitches.
Mourinho is believed to have texted Kane immediately upon being announced as Spurs’ new manager, telling him he rates the striker as one of the best in Europe and promising to deliver silverware.
Tottenham are currently in 14th place in the Premier league table, 11 points adrift of the top-four places, and Mourinho will take charge of his first game on Saturday lunchtime away to West Ham.