Jose Mourinho wants Spurs to change his job title from ‘head coach’ to ‘manager’ the way Arsenal recently changed Mikel Arteta’s.
You do have to credit Jose Mourinho here. Usually it takes Spurs at least a decade to try and copy something Arsenal have done but here were are, not even a month since Arsenal changed Mikel Arteta’s title from ‘head coach’ to ‘manager’ and Jose wants the same thing.
As Arsenal restructured their post-Wenger restructuring, they named Arteta ‘first-team manager’ instead of ‘head coach’ at the start of September, allowing us to stop saying ‘head coach’ and carry on saying ‘manager’ as befits the role at Arsenal.
Arsene Wenger was meant to be Arsenal’s last manager but it seems the experience with Unai Emery, our first head coach, scarred us so badly we decided to ditch it and go back to the model that worked perfectly well for over 100 years before.
Now, Jose Mourinho wants to do the same at Spurs. The Mail report, “The Portuguese was initially happy to accept the head coaching position, but feels it has led to him being marginalised in the club’s transfer dealings, a frustration exacerbated by his experiences during a difficult extended window.
“The 57-year-old is also well aware that his predecessor Mauricio Pochettino’s title was manager during his final three years at the club and feels he deserves the same status.”
Mikel Arteta was appointed to the Arsenal job one month after Mourinho was given the same role at Spurs. He has won two trophies since, earning his title change.
It’s not entirely clear why Mourinho feels he deserves the same status at Spurs as Pochettino earned given he’s done nothing since he arrived.