Jose Mourinho has been appointed at Tottenham Hotspur in a less-privileged capacity.
The London club announced he will be serving as the head coach; not the manager, and that comes with lesser powers.
It means other persons within the club structure are taking charge of recruitment and transfers – something his predecessor Mauricio Pochettino took umbrage with towards the end of his reign.
Head coach was the title Pochettino originally had at Spurs when he joined the club in 2015, before becoming the manager when he signed a new contract in 2016.
“We are agreed that it would be good, for myself, for the club, for all. It’s true that ‘manager’ is a word that means different things than head coach. Maybe I was always manager from the first day I arrived here – and maybe it describes my job better,” Pochettino once said.
“Maybe the club need to change my title description because my job now is to coach the team. It is not a question for me, it is a question for the club. Maybe the club is going to change my title description.
“Of course I am the boss, deciding the strategy to play, training, mentality, philosophy in my area, but in another area, I think I am the coach the coach,” he added.
Another glaring thing in Mourinho’s appointment is his pay. He has agreed to take a £6m pay-cut compared to what he used to earn while at Manchester United and that could be speaking volumes.
It’s understood he was paid around £17m-a-year by previous employers United, but Italian journalist Tancredi Palmeri claims his wages at Spurs will be £6m lower at around £11m.
“In Jose, we have one of the most successful managers in football,” Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy said.
“He has a wealth of experience, can inspire teams and is a great tactician. He has won honours at every club he has coached. We believe he will bring energy and belief to the dressing room. Jose is one of the world’s most accomplished managers having won 25 senior trophies.
“He is renowned for his tactical prowess and has managed FC Porto, Inter Milan, Chelsea, Real Madrid, and Manchester United.
“He has won a domestic title in a record four different countries (Portugal, England, Italy, and Spain) and is one of only three managers to have won the UEFA Champions League twice with two clubs, FC Porto in 2004 and Inter Milan in 2010,” he added.