Tottenham Hotspur have named Jose Mourinho as their new head coach until the end of the 2023 season.
The Portuguese tactician replaces Mauricio Pochettino, who was sacked on Tuesday with the club 14th in the Premier League.
The announcement confirming the former Manchester United and Chelsea manager as the new boss was made by Spurs on Wednesday morning in a club statement.
"We are delighted to announce the appointment of Jose Mourinho as Head Coach on a contract that runs until the end of the 2022/23 season.
"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 is also a three-time Premier League Champion with Chelsea (2005, 2006, 2015),” the statement read.
Commenting on the appointment, Tottenham Chairman, Daniel Levy, said: “In Jose, we have one of the most successful managers in football. 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 Mourinho, on his part, is excited by the prospect of working with the Spurs stars and the talents coming up from the academy.
“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,” the 56-year-old told the club's official website.
The decision to fire Pochettino came as a shock to many even though Spurs have been in dismal form since the start of this season.
Under Pochettino's management, the North Londoners have developed into one of the top clubs in England and have consistently qualified for the Champions League.
Spurs reached last season's Champions League final but were beaten by Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool.