Brendan Rodgers was Tottenham's first choice ahead of Jose Mourinho

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The stands of the Tottenham Hotspur stadium are adorned with messages from past heroes and legends of old. 

From Ledley King to Bill Nicholson, these are quotes that sum up the club's proud values and traditions. 

Danny Blanchflower, double-winning captain of 1961, once said: 

"The great fallacy is that the game is first and last about winning. It is nothing of the kind. The game is about glory, it is about doing things in style and with a flourish, about going out and beating the other lot; not waiting for them to die of boredom." 

Spurs' critics might argue that the north Londoners' historic emphasis on attacking football at the expense of results is what has cost them more consistent silverware. Enter Jose Mourinho. 

The sight of the former Chelsea and Manchester United manager holding aloft a Lilywhite shirt at Hotspur Way is going to take some getting used to. 

Mauricio Pochettino's reign comes to an end without the trophies he deserved, but fans will look back on his tenure fondly. There were countless memories made and the football was, for large spells, incredible. 

Those same fans are now divided by Mourinho's appointment. It seems strange to think that Daniel Levy, who himself grew up going to White Hart Lane, would turn to a man who seems so disconnected from the Spurs way. 

Spurs wanted Rodgers 

While he has won three titles, he did so with one of their biggest rivals and by embracing a style of play many feel is unbecoming of a Tottenham head coach.

However, the Daily Mail report that the Portuguese was in fact not Tottenham's first choice. 

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The board turned their attention to him after being rebuffed by Leicester in their approach for Brendan Rodgers. 

Rodgers has put together a hugely impressive Foxes side in a remarkably short space of time and they currently sit second. The Ulsterman also came agonisingly close to winning the title with Liverpool before going on to lift consecutive Scottish Premierships with Celtic. 

Pochettino's reign comes crashing down

The same newspaper have also lifted the lid on the end of the Pochettino era, which it states came to an end amid a "blazing row". The Argentine then quickly packed up his desk and left. 

Levy had in fact been considering replacing him for a whole month and agreed a deal for Mourinho to take over "in principle" at the start of last week - that's before Pochettino had been formally told he was being sacked. 

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The final straw was an argument about how much he would be compensated - reportedly to the tune of £12.5million - but his relationship with Levy had already broken down after the 7-2 loss at home to Bayern Munich.

Rodgers and Mourinho were not the only coaches considered. Spurs were put off RB Leipzig's Julian Nagelsmann because he would have been too difficult to appoint, as he only moved clubs in the summer.

It might impress Tottenham fans to read that Mourinho's eagerness to take the job endeared him to the board. 

The 56-year-old has signed on the dotted line until the end of the 2022/23 season as he begins work on getting Spurs out of the doldrums in 14th and back into Champions League contention.

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