Jose Mourinho is at 5/1 to leave Tottenham before the end of the 2019/20 season


It was a jovial, and in his own words - 'new and improved' - Jose Mourinho who took to a press conference at Hotspur Way on Thursday. 

The Portuguese spoke with enough ambition and charm to win over many fans who were initially sceptical about his appointment. 

Mourinho talked of winning trophies. That is a language relatively unfamiliar in these parts, though it is the major reason why this unlikely alliance was confirmed in the early hours of Wednesday morning. 

For Daniel Levy, it was the major selling point differentiating the 56-year-old from the hugely popular Mauricio Pochettino. 

The chairman will have been impressed then, no doubt, by his spiel; he genuinely seemed in awe of the new stadium and training ground, before promising to learn from the well-documented mistakes he made at Manchester United. 

Will the mask slip? We have seen both sides to the self-proclaimed 'Special One's' alter ego before, and it's easy to speak kindly on his first day in the job. 

When the pressure starts to build - and it may well if reports are correct that there is no money to spend in January - it is then Mourinho will be able to demonstrate if he really has changed after nearly a year off. 

Only time will tell if this is a stroke of genius from Levy or a terrible mismatch. Perhaps we'll be a little closer to the truth by 2.30pm on Saturday after Spurs have played West Ham. 

In the meantime, Mourinho's critics are predicting it will all end in tears. Paddy Power are even offering odds of 5/1 for him to leave his post before the end of the 2019/20 season. 


Under 'Jose Mourinho specials', you can also get a price of 7/2 for Tottenham signing Nemanja Matic in January, 7/1 for them to bring in Marouane Fellaini, or - and this is where you get the feeling this might be slightly tongue-in-cheek - 50/1 to sign Paul Pogba. 

The more serious question is whether Mourinho's style of football is accepted by Spurs fans and whether he can sort out the dressing room unrest that spelled the end of Pochettino. 

There are countless problems for him to sort out, not least the futures of contract rebels Christian Eriksen, Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen. 

On a more positive note, the Lilywhites are now also 25/1 to go one better than last season and win the Champions League. Either way, it's going to be box office. 

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