Jose Mourinho claimed in 2015 that he would never take the Tottenham job

FBL-SUI-MOURINHO

It's been an incredible 12 hours for Tottenham Hotspur.

On Tuesday evening, Spurs shocked the footballing world by sacking popular manager Mauricio Pochettino.

The Argentine reached the Champions League final just six months ago but paid the price for a poor start to the season.

Spurs wasted no time in appointing his successor.

On the early hours of Wednesday morning, Spurs shocked the footballing world once again as they confirmed Jose Mourinho had joined the club.

The Portuguese manager had been without a job since December but is relishing the opportunity at his new club.

The news of Mourinho's appointment is made all the more surprising given his history at Chelsea.

Mourinho became a club legend managing at one of Spurs' main rivals.

And during his second spell with Chelsea back in 2015, the Portuguese manager actually commented that he would never join Spurs.

Reports at the time claimed he had been approached by Spurs in 2007. 

LEBANON-FBL-FIFA-SCHOOLS

Mourinho addressed those rumours, saying per the Daily Mail: "Yes [they are true]. I couldn't go. I couldn't train in England for two years."

He added: "I would not take the [Spurs] job because I love Chelsea supporters too much."

A lot has changed in four years, clearly.

Many Chelsea fans had already lost respect for Mourinho after his stint with Manchester United.

His decision to now join Spurs will have turned even more against him.

FBL-SUI-MOURINHO

Mourinho's appointment hasn't even gone down well with the majority of Spurs fans, with #MourinhoOut already trending on Twitter.

But the Portuguese manager has expressed his joy at being named manager of the north London club.

“I am excited to be joining a Club with such a great heritage and such passionate supporters," he told Tottenham's official website.

"The quality in both the squad and the academy excites me. Working with these players is what has attracted me.”

News Now - Sport News