José Mourinho stressed during a press conference on Thursday that his stay at Tottenham Hotspur is not about his ego. The 56-year-old Portuguese thinks his stay in London can be a success.
"I am convinced that I have made a great choice," said Mourinho in a bulging press room at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. "The club is huge. I know I have a fantastic job in my hands."
Mourinho succeeds Mauricio Pochettino in London, who was fired Tuesday by Tottenham Hotspur club management due to disappointing results in the Premier League.
"I respect the method of the past five years, it is an update, not a change. I am here to try to understand why the results this year in the Premier League are not so good. I am not here to make dramatic changes and confuse the players. "
Mourinho was out of work for eleven months after being fired by Manchester United in December 2018 after 2.5 years. "The past months were not a waste of time. It was months to think, analyze and prepare for a new job. You never lose your DNA, your identity, but I had time to think about many things. During I made mistakes in my career. "
Mourinho did not mention examples of the mistakes he made, but he says he is "stronger, relaxed and motivated" for his job at Tottenham. "I am ready and I think the players felt the same in the last two days. I am ready to support them, this is not about me. It's about the club."
José Mourinho on Wednesday during his first training as a manager of Tottenham Hotspur. (Source: Pro Shots)
"Door is always open for Pochettino"
Mourinho started his press presentation with a hymn about the fired Pochettino. "Considering the work he has done, this club is always his home. He can come when he wants to come. When he misses the players, when he misses the people he worked with. The door is always open for him. He will find his happiness again and find a new, great club. He is heading towards a bright future. "
Mourinho cannot call on Michel Vorm on his debut as manager of Tottenham Hotspur in the away match against West Ham United (kick-off 1.30 pm). The 36-year-old reserve goalkeeper suffered a calf injury on a training Monday and is no longer available this month, the club said on Thursday.
Tottenham Hotspur occupies fourteenth place in the Premier League with fourteen points from twelve matches.
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