“If Jose Mourinho can win trophies with a terrible Manchester United team, he will win trophies in Tottenham”


Gus Poyet is confident that with Jose Mourinho as manager, Tottenham will end the hunt for cutlery – he just has to have time.

Spurs had a mixed start to the Mourinho era and has won seven of 14 games since his appointment in November.

These games included disappointing losses to Southampton, Chelsea and Liverpool and a draw against Norwich and Middlesbrough in the FA Cup.

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Tottenham had a number of poor results during Jose Mourinho’s short term as manager

And although their position in the Premier League has improved – from 14th place to 8th place – some fans will wonder what has changed since Mauricio Pochettino’s departure.

Former Tottenham midfielder Poyet has admitted to talkSPORT that he still found the club’s decision to fire Pochettino after a brilliant five years as a coach to be “strange”.

He claims that the only reason for the manager change at Mourinho is that the club bosses are waiting impatiently for the trophies.

And he insists that the Special One with a “very bad” team from Manchester United has an ever better chance for this Spurs team.

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Speaking to Ian Abrahams of talkSPORT at the LaLigaTV kick-off in London, Poyet said: “I find it strange to fire Pochettino after Spurs reached the Champions League final last season.

“Seeing the manager lose his job a few months later was a surprise.

“Interesting, however, is the appointment of Jose Mourinho and the change in the club’s philosophy and mentality.

“The change in the structure of the club compared to what was planned [under Pochettino] was a massive change.

“I think it was just about winning trophies. I don’t think it’s anything else.” They went for the person who delivered trophies wherever he was.

“It will happen; I think if you give Mourinho three years at a club, he’ll win something, I’m pretty sure.

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Gus Poyet admits that Pochettino’s dismissal keeps surprising him

“It has to be something really strange for that not to happen because he even made it with a very bad Man United team – he won the Europa League.”

“He has a way of playing soccer and understanding soccer that wins trophies.”

Listen to the talkSPORT interview with Gus Poyet IN FULL.