Mourinho said on the official website: “I am excited to be joining a club with such a great heritage and such passionate supporters. The quality in both the squad and the academy excites me. Working with these players is what has attracted me.”
National Sportslink understands that Pochettino was relieved of his role on Tuesday evening, following a run of results in which Spurs picked up just three wins in their first 12 Premier League games which just five months after leading Tottenham to their first-ever Champions League final.
Chairman Daniel Levy admitted it was a difficult decision that he had to make to sack Pochettino and his coaching staff, but that results had not been good enough stretching back to the end of last season – Spurs have not won away in the Premier League since January.
And Levy has acted quickly to get his man in Mourinho, a manager he has coveted for some time.
In their announcement, Tottenham pointed to the wealth of experience and winning prowess Mourinho has, saying he is “one of the world’s most accomplished managers having won 25 senior trophies” in just the second paragraph of their statement.
Jose Mourinho, who has also granted his first interview with Spurs TV after his appointment said “What can I promise? Passion – for my job but also passion for my club. It’s a privilege when a manager goes to a club and feels that happiness in relation to the squad he’s going to have.
“These are not words of the moment. They are not words of me being the Tottenham head coach. These are words that I’ve told and I’ve repeated in the last three, four, five years even as an opponent.
“To play against Tottenham at White Hart Lane was always hard but beautiful. It was one of these places where I used to go with passion but also with respect.
“I always spoke about the club’s potential. I always spoke about the qualities of the players. I always spoke about the magnificent work the club was doing.
“I really like this squad and looking at the young players, there is not one manager in the world that doesn’t like to play with young players and to help young players to develop. There is not one.
“The problem is that sometimes you get into clubs where the work that is below you is not good enough to produce these players so I look to our history and you see that the academy is always giving the talents that the first team needs.
“Of course I look forward to working with that profile.”
“When you say beautiful stadium you are too humble. You have to say the best stadium in the world. I think that is the reality. The training ground is second to none. It probably can only be compared with some American football training grounds.
“You cannot compare football at any level – and I’ve been in the majority of the best places. It’s impossble to compare anything the same as the stadium. I think it’s something that has to make us all very, very proud.
“But not just that, the conditions you have to work are absolutely amazing. In relation to the Premier League I think we know where we are and we know that we don’t belong there.
“We should just play match after match, the next watch we want to win and that’s the same about the next, and the next and the next until the last.
“At the end of the season we will saee where we are but I know that we are going to be in a different position than we are now.
“I look forward to the challenge, to the responsibility to bring happiness to everyone that loves the club.”
Mourinho’s first game in charge will be a huge London derby away at West Ham United at 12.30 pm on Saturday.