Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho sends Premier League title message to Man City and Liverpool (Image: GETTY)
Jose Mourinho has vowed to turn Tottenham into contenders for the Premier League title next season.
The 56-year-old’s main concern is winning his opening game against West Ham and then securing Tottenham’s place in the knockout stages of the Champions League by beating Olympiacos in his first home game in charge on Tuesday.
But when he last took over a club mid-season at Porto in 2001, he fulfilled his promise to win the league within 18 months.
When reminded of the achievement that first made his name in football management, he made a similar pledge.
“We cannot win the Premier League this season,” he admitted.
“But we can – although I’m not saying we will do – we can win it next season.”
It is a feat Tottenham have not managed in his lifetime, and any sort of silverware will appease the club's trophy-starved fans desperate for success.
Mourinho’s contract runs for three-and-a-half years and his mission is very much to deliver the trophies that always seemed to elude predecessor Mauricio Pochettino.Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho sends Premier League title message to Man City and Liverpool (Image: GETTY)Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho sends Premier League title message to Man City and Liverpool (Image: GETTY)
We can – although I’m not saying we will do – we can win it next season
With all the investment in the infrastructure of the club in recent years, he believes his own appointment may just be the final part of the jigsaw.
“If we win titles it will not be the consequence of me, but the consequence of the club’s work,” he said. “This is a package and a vision. Everything starts with a vision.
“The stadium is part of the vision. The training ground is part of the vision. The academy is part of the vision.
“To try to keep all the best players and refuse to let the best players to go away is part of the vision too.
“Maybe having a manager with my experience is also part of the vision.Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho sends Premier League title message to Man City and Liverpool (Image: GETTY)
“This is about the vision and if we win a title during my period it will not be because of myself. It is just the natural consequence of a vision and a plan.”
Moreover, Mourinho insisted he would not be looking to invest in the transfer market in January – he has all the belief he needs in the players he has inherited.
“I told the players exactly what I am telling you,” he said. “I told them that one of the reasons why I decided to come was them.
“I like this squad very, very much. I like the players very, very much.”