Jose Mourinho’s entire spell at Tottenham simulated on Football Manager 2020

Buckle up, Tottenham fans. Things are about to get wild.

Jose Mourinho’s appointment as Mauricio Pochettino’s successor, announced on Wednesday morning, means the circus is heading to north London.

The Portuguese coach provides drama wherever he goes and that’s unlikely to be any different at Tottenham.

Because, let’s face it, that’s all he knows.

GIVEMESPORT have predicted nine things that will happen during Mourinho’s reign and Football Manager has also provided a glimpse into the future.

YouTuber WorkTheSpace has simulated the 56-year-old’s spell at Spurs and the shared the results.

And they’re fascinating.

Mourinho lasts four seasons before he’s sacked and the highest Spurs finish in the Premier League is third.

Here’s his spell in its entirety.

2019/20 season

Transfers (in January)



Total: £0


Paris Maghoma (Aston Villa) – £105,000 (rising to £230,000)

Total: £105,000

  • Premier League finish: 6th
  • Points: 62
  • Top scorer (all competitions): Harry Kane – 22 goals
  • Trophies: EFL Cup


March begins with Spurs winning the EFL Cup, defeating Liverpool in the final as Mourinho lands his first piece of silverware.

But they then lose five straight matches, crashing out of the FA Cup and Champions League in the process.

2020/21 season



Adnan Januzaj (Real Sociedad) – £35.5m

Wilmar Barrios (Zenit) – £30.5m

Luiz Felipe (Lazio) – £25m

Filippo Sgarbi (Perugia) – £4.5m

Marco Asensio (Real Madrid) – Loan

Total: £96m


Toby Alderweireld (Guangzhou Evergrande) – Free

Christian Eriksen (Napoli) – Free

Lucas Moura (Dalian Yifang) – £34.5m (rising to £42.5m)

Serge Aurier (Atalanta) – £8.75m (rising to £10.75m)

Erik Lamela (Crystal Palace) – Loan

Total: £46.5m

  • Premier League finish: 3rd
  • Points: 78
  • Top scorer (all competitions): Harry Kane and Dele Alli – 18 goals
  • Trophies: None


Adnan Januzaj records 10 assists and seven goals in his first season as Mourinho’s Spurs finish third in the league.

It’s a different story in the cups, though. Tottenham are beaten by Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-final, exit the Europa League in the second knockout round at the hands of Torino and lose to Millwall in the EFL Cup fourth round.

2021/22 season



Nelson Semedo (FC Barcelona) – £48.5m

Andre Onana (Ajax) – £27m

Bruno Guimaraes (Athletico Paranaense) – £20.5m

Frederic Thomas (Lyon) – £1.8M (rising to £7.75m)

Total: £98m


Moussa Sissoko (Shakhtar Donetsk) – £21m (rising to £26m)

Erik Lamela (River Plate) – £6.5m

Juan Foyth (River Plate) – £5.5m

Victor Wanyama (Galatasaray) – Free

Ryan Sessegnon (Huddersfield) – Loan

Total: £33.5m

  • Premier League finish: 4th
  • Points: 81
  • Top scorer (all competitions): Harry Kane – 20 goals
  • Trophies: None


Tottenham’s European campaign is a disaster.

They lose to Bayer Leverkusen, Napoli and FC Copenhagen in the Champions League group stage and are demoted to the Europa League.

Then reach the quarter-finals of the competition but are embarrassed 5-1 on aggregate by AC Milan.

Spurs also suffer a north London derby defeat to Arsenal in the third round of the EFL Cup.

One positive is Harry Kane landing the Premier League Golden Boot award after netting 18 league goals.

2022/23 season



Erick Gutierrez (PSV Eindhoven) – £40m

Nathan Ake (Bournemouth) – £38.5m

Derlis Gonzalez (Dynamo Kiev) – £16.75m

Juan Fernando Quintero (River Plate) – £6.25m

Total: £102m


Harry Winks (Watford) – £18.5m

Paulo Gazzaniga (Chelsea) – £12.5m

Ben Davies (Cardiff) – £9.75m (rising to £12.25m)

Filippe Sgarbi (OGC Nice) – £8m

Danny Rose (Bournemouth) – £1.7m (rising to £2m)

Jan Vertonghen (Al-Ain) – Free

Total: £51m

  • Premier League finish: 7th
  • Points: 61
  • Top scorer (all competitions): Harry Kane – 21 goals
  • Trophies: None


Mourinho is sacked after a 3-0 defeat to – who else – Manchester United, on March 1st, 2023.

He lasts three years and 215 days in charge of Tottenham before his dismissal.

Spurs endure a run of four wins in 12 matches that culminates in the decision to sack the Portuguese coach.

He’s replaced by Lionel Scaloni, with chairman Daniel Levy going back to an Argentine.

In total, Mourinho spends £296 million on new players.

And all that he has to show for it is one EFL Cup.

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