Jose Mourinho: 10 Reasons He Would Never Work at Tottenham

JohnCorrespondent IFebruary 23, 2012

Jose Mourinho: 10 Reasons He Would Never Work at Tottenham

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    As Harry Redknapp tops the FA’s list of replacement candidates for Fabio Capello, Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho is the top choice for Tottenham if Redknapp leaves to manage the Three Lions. 

    Mourinho has a proven track record in the EPL and other leagues and is deservedly atop Tottenham’s list, but he is not a lock to take over for Spurs.

Return to Chelsea

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    Andre Villas-Boas has not had a successful spell at Chelsea so far and owner Roman Abramovich may be losing patience.  If Villas-Boas loses his post with Chelsea, Mourinho would certainly be on the list of possible replacements.

He May Not Leave Real Madrid

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    Real Madrid has a comfortable 10-point lead over second-place rival club Barcelona.  Mourinho has denied claims he will leave Real in June and has the club playing in the Champions League Round of 16.

Real Madrid Players Support Him

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    Some thought Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos and goalkeeper Iker Casillas had a falling out with Mourinho and that would contribute to his exit.  However, both players have publicly shown support for the manager, which might mean all is well for Los Blancos.


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    Mourinho has been controversial throughout his career.  While Redknapp was recently involved in a court case involving his taxes, he has stayed mostly clear of controversy.  He has a good relationship with his players and they understand each other very well.  Mourinho would bring a much-different approach to White Hart Lane. 

Is Mourinho the Best Option?

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    Everton manager David Moyes deserves a chance at managing a large club in the Premier League.  Moyes is very similar to Redknapp in that he is smart in the transfer market and gets the most out of his players. 

    A transition from Redknapp to Moyes might be easier than to Mourinho. 

Harry Redknapp Is Still Tottenham's Manager

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    Redknapp is certainly the favorite to replace Capello, but he has not decided if he would accept the job.  FOX soccer reported that he would not accept the position if his son Jamie did not want him to. 

Tottenham Prefer Mourinho

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    Mourinho may be at the top of the list of potential replacements should Redknapp leave the club, but management will do everything they can to persuade him not to leave White Hart Lane. 

Struggles to Beat Rival Clubs

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    Real Madrid has lost to rival club Barcelona three of the four times the teams have played this season.  Supporters would not take kindly if Mourinho struggled to defeat Tottenham rival club Arsenal.

Second Time Around

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    Spurs talked with Mourinho in 2008, the day after he was fired from Chelsea by Abramovich.  It did not work out in 2008.  Would 2012 be any different? 


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    The FA will have to pay Tottenham more than £10 million for Redknapp.  Mourinho would demand wages higher than Redknapp's current base salary of £3.1 million each year.  Tottenham would certainly offer Redknapp a generous raise before offering that same money to someone like Mourinho.