The “intrigued silence” was so loud in the corridors of power at Manchester United upon the news that Tottenham had appointed their former manager Jose Mourinho as their new coach.
The Independent claim that the Portuguese would have used the same interview techniques, including producing a dossier of his ideas, to convince in the North London chiefs he was right for the job of replacing Mauricio Pochettino, who was sacked on Tuesday.
Mourinho did the same thing at United, where it all unravelled for him in December last year following a poor first half of the season and amid mounting unrest from players.
The former United boss takes charge of his first Tottenham game on Saturday when his new club go to West Ham in a London derby, and speaking at his press conference yesterday Mourinho said he’s up for the challenge of returning to the Premier League for a fourth spell.
“I had a feeling I was going to get a club mid-season,” he said.
“I knew I would be in a situation where I would get only one or two days before my first game. I cannot come here and think it is about myself. It is about the players and going from a base of stability.”
“These last 11 months (of being out of management) have been used to think and to prepare.
“You never lose your DNA. You are what you are – for the good things and the bad things. I know in my career that I’ve made mistakes.
“I’m not going to make the same mistakes. I’m going to make new mistakes. I’m not going to say I’m more fit. I was always fit.”
Tottenham visit West Ham and the game kicks off at 12.30 GMT on Saturday.