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Jose Mourinho to Tottenham has been in the works ‘for some time now’

Tottenham’s move to bring Jose Mourinho to north London has been in the works for ‘some time’.

Jose Mourinho has been named Tottenham's new head coach (Image: GETTY)

That is the view of ex-Rangers forward Ally McCoist who has admitted his shock at the short amount of time it took Tottenham to replace Mauricio Pochettino.

Mourinho has named as the club’s new head coach early on Wednesday morning after Pochettino’s Tuesday dismissal, and will be in the dugout for the trip to West Ham on Saturday.

Tottenham sit 14th in the Premier League table after a torrid start to the season, and McCoist thinks their latest move has been in the pipeline for a while.

He told talkSPORT: “You’re half expecting it but you’re still shocked and surprised when it happens!

“The fact of the matter is that they’ve had this plan for some time now, you don’t sack somebody and appoint someone else within 24 hours if you’ve not got an agenda or a plan.”

Former Scotland striker McCoist went on to ponder how the playing squad might react to the appointment, and why it will be a big change in styles.

He continued: “I’m interested at the contrasting styles between two managers.

“One thing about Mourinho is that he is an absolute winner."

Jose Mourinho will take charge of Tottenham for the first time against West Ham on Saturday (Image: GETTY)

He later added: “It will be interesting to see how the players handle it, make no mistake about it - they are completely different characters, Pochettino and Mourinho.

“One thing that Spurs fans know that they’ll be getting will be a man with a ruthless streak that wins things, he did it at United.

“He said that finishing second was one of his biggest achievements which raised a few eyebrows, but looking back now it makes a lot of sense.”

Speaking after his appointment, Mourinho said: “I am excited to be joining a Club with such a great heritage and such passionate supporters.

Mauricio Pochettino was sacked by Tottenham after almost six years in charge (Image: GETTY)

“The quality in both the squad and the academy excites me.

“Working with these players is what has attracted me.”

Chairman Daniel Levy gave his reasons behind the decision to remove Pochettino from his position and mentioned their recent struggles in the league.

Levy said: "We were extremely reluctant to make this change and it is not a decision the Board has taken lightly, nor in haste.”

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