Tottenham 'pipped' Arsenal to Jose Mourinho by moving quickly claims ex-Spurs ace (Image: GETTY)
Former Tottenham midfielder Jamie O’Hara has claimed Spurs beat Arsenal to Jose Mourinho by moving quickly.
The Portuguese manager was appointed after Tottenham sacked Mauricio Pochettino following a poor start to the season.
Mourinho was a surprise appointment for many but the former midfielder explained other clubs may have been interested in getting the 56-year-old.
O’Hara told Sky Sports: “I think he wanted to be in London and if I am honest it was probably us or Arsenal who he will probably be looking at and we pipped them to the post, you know.
“I think getting him in now is a fantastic time to bring him in. we have been struggling but now we can kick on and look at this football club, the facilities, everything about it.”
Mourinho previously managed in London during his two spells at Chelsea and his family appear to have settled there.
While in charge of Manchester United, Mourinho did not relocate his family to Manchester and left them behind in London.
This proved to be an issue while Mourinho was in charge of United and led to speculation that he was never content at Old Trafford.Jamie O'Hara expects Jose Mourinho to succeed at Tottenham (Image: GETTY)
Due to these reported issues, the decision to take charge of Spurs may have been influenced by his family.
If the former Real Madrid manager was keen to move back to London, it is likely he would have only been interested in joining Arsenal or Tottenham.
Mourinho’s first game in charge of Tottenham will be against West Ham at the London Stadium.
Spurs are currently 14th in the Premier League but are only three points behind local rivals Arsenal in fifth.
Tottenham will be desperate to finish in the top four but are 11 points behind fourth placed Manchester City.