Jose Mourinho was contacted by Tottenham Hotspur with regards to taking over as manager after he left Chelsea in 2007, but they were under the impression that he was interested in the job, contrary to what he has said.
According to Spurs' former director of football, Damien Comolli, the White Hart Lane club felt that it was an opportunity that could not be missed when they heard he was departing Stamford Bridge.
Mourinho confirmed the approach when speaking to reporters ahead of the Capital One Cup final on Sunday, in which Chelsea were 2-0 victors over a spirited Tottenham, but he insisted he would never had taken it because of his "love" for Blues fans.
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Comolli is not so sure about this and claims that after contacting the Portuguese tactician's agent, Spurs officials got the impression that he was not exactly turned off by the idea of moving across London.
"Jose is a winner so who doesn’t want to work with him? I was sports director when he claimed he was contacted by Spurs after he left Chelsea in 2007 and that’s true," he is quoted as saying by The Sun.
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“The day we heard he was leaving Chelsea, I spoke to our chairman about the situation and we agreed this was an opportunity that was too big to be missed. This was a guy who could come in and change everything. We were surprised Chelsea were letting him go.
“It was agreed that I would get in touch, so I contacted his agent Jorge Mendes and sounded him out to see if it would be a possibility — even though we had Martin Jol at the time.
“Contrary to what Jose has been implying, we felt there was a genuine interest. But Chelsea made sure that he couldn’t join another English club by putting in certain clauses into his departure package, so in the end it didn’t happen.”
Tottenham are famous for almost signing world class players and managers, but this news will feel worse than some of the other stellar names that may have stepped out for the Lilywhites in north London.
Mourinho as manager would have been a level of excellence not seen at the Lane for decades. If Harry Redknapp could get them into the Champions League then imagine what the former Real Madrid boss could have done.
Spurs Pipe Dream
However, the reality is Spurs were never big enough, and arguably may never be, lure a manager the calibre of Mourinho. He is no mug, he's done the hard yards with smaller clubs in Portugal and has no need for an economically restricted 'project'.
Mourinho has proven he is the best and will now only go to clubs that are ready to invest big for the world's best players. He could possibly have led them to that status, but Spurs must accept an appointment like that is a dream for a future at their new stadium.
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