Jose Mourinho to Roma appointment may be great news for Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy

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Tottenham may no longer have to pay the huge compensation fee owed to Jose Mourinho after their former head coach was appointed as Roma boss. The Italian club announced Mourinho as their new boss on Tuesday, just over a fortnight after the Portuguese was axed by the north Londoners.

Mourinho will become Roma’s new manager from the start of next season. He will replace Paulo Fonseca, who has led I Giallorossi to the Europa League semi-finals this season, although they were beaten 6-2 by Manchester United in the first leg at Old Trafford.

However, Roma sit a disappointing seventh in Serie A and have turned to Mourinho as they seek to climb back among the elite in Italian football.

The 57-year-old was placed on gardening leave by Spurs two weeks ago, meaning that the Premier League side were set to have to pay his contract in full until its expiration. But Mourinho taking up employment elsewhere means that may no longer be the case.

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Mourinho signed a contract until the summer of 2023 when he replaced Mauricio Pochettino in November 2019. However, he was axed just 17 months into that relationship following an unsuccessful period of form.

Spurs were seventh in the top-flight when Mourinho left and look set to miss out on Champions League football for a second successive campaign. They were also knocked out of the Europa League by Dinamo Zagreb, who won 3-2 on aggregate in the round of 16 tie.

There was also fan discontent over the style of football, which heavily contrasted to the high-tempo passing and pressing formula deployed by his predecessor Pochettino.

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Former Spurs midfielder Ryan Mason replaced Mourinho on an interim basis. The 29-year-old took charge of the 1-0 Carabao Cup final defeat against Manchester City but has won his two Premier League fixtures, the latest being Monday’s 4-0 romp over relegated Sheffield United.

But Mourinho’s appointment as Roma boss could be good news for Spurs. The Lilywhites had reportedly agreed to pay a compensation fee of around £15million but that could now be significantly reduced.

The saved funds will help chairman Daniel Levy in his quest to find a successor.

Roma, three-times Serie A winners, say they appointed Mourinho because he is the most suitable club to guide their project.

“When Jose became available, we immediately jumped at the chance to speak with one of the greatest managers of all time,” Tiago Pinto, the club’s general manager, said.

“We were blown away by Jose’s desire to win and his passion for the game: no matter how many trophies he has won, his primary focus is always on the next one. He possesses the knowledge, experience and leadership to compete at all levels.

“We know that in order to build a successful sporting project it takes time, patience and the right people in the right positions. We are supremely confident that Jose will be the perfect coach for our project, for both our immediate and long-term future. Together with the vision and ambition of [owners] Dan and Ryan Friedkin, we will build the foundations of a new AS Roma.”

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