Jose Mourinho managing Tottenham is ‘great news’ for Premier League, says Robert Pires

Jose Mourinho leads Tottenham training ahead of their Champions League clash with Olympiacos
Jose Mourinho got off to a winning start as Tottenham manager at West Ham (Picture: Getty)

Robert Pires admits he’s ‘very sad’ that Mauricio Pochettino was sacked by Tottenham but says Jose Mourinho’s appointment is ‘great news’ for the Premier League.

Mourinho enjoyed a winning start in his new job as Spurs survived a second-half fightback from West Ham to come away 3-2 victors from the London Stadium on Saturday.

It was Tottenham’s first league win on the road since January and the north London outfit now sit in tenth place, level on points (19) with Mourinho’s former club Manchester United.

Pochettino oversaw a dismal run of form at the start of Spurs’ season, but Pires has no doubts that the Argentine remains a top manager.

However, the former Arsenal winger believes Mourinho’s return to Premier League football can only be good for the English game.

‘I think it’s great news for football generally, and of course for the Premier League,’ the Frenchman told Omnisport. 

‘Everyone knows that Mourinho is one of the best managers in the world

‘He won lots of titles: Spain, Italy, and of course in the UK. In the UK, we know there is competition between Spurs and Gunners, but this is football and I’m very sad for Mauricio Pochettino.

Pires is 'very sad' for former Spurs manager Pochettino
Pires is ‘very sad’ for former Spurs manager Pochettino (Picture: Getty)

‘He is a great manager, only six months ago he got to the final of the Champions League.

‘Unfortunately for him he lost against Liverpool and now he is sacked.

‘So footballers or even the manager, things are tough.’

Pochettino only managed three league wins as Spurs boss this term
Pochettino only managed three league wins as Spurs boss this term (Picture: Getty)

Mourinho is set to come up against two former clubs in Manchester United and Chelsea in December and Roy Keane believes the Portuguese will show his ‘nasty side’ if Spurs begin to drop points.

The ex-United captain told Sky Sports: ‘Mourinho will love playing Chelsea and will love going back to Old Trafford in a couple of weeks.

‘His ego will be really big. He’ll be strong with his ego because that’s what he’ll be looking forward to.

‘That’s what he’s in the game for, he’s a big character, his CV is amazing.

‘We have to respect that, it’s good to see him back and hopefully there’s some fireworks on the touchline.

‘We’ve seen it today, he was dead nice to everybody. I hope he’s not too nice, we need to see that nasty side. I’m sure we will when he starts dropping points.’

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