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Jose Mourinho ‘agrees’ to replace Mauricio Pochettino as Tottenham manager

Mauricio Pochettino was sacked by Tottenham after five and a half years at the club with Jose Mourinho instantly installed as favourite to replace him

Jose Mourinho has agreed to replace Mauricio Pochettino as manger of Tottenham Hotspur , it is being reported.Pochettino was sacked by the Premier League outfit on Tuesday evening after five and a half years at the helm.The Argentine led Spurs to the Champions League final last season but a poor run of form in recent months left the team 12th in the Premier League.Chairman Daniel Levy, who supposedly has a very good relationship with Pochettino, insisted he was “extremely reluctant” to sack his manager but that a change was needed.There had been reports of a falling out between Pochettino and Levy, but the decision was taken purely because of the poor results over a number of months, starting last February.Attentions quickly turned to who would succeed Pochettino and Mourinho was instantly installed as the bookies favourite.The former Manchester United and Chelsea boss has been without a club since he was sacked by the Red Devils last December.In the meantime he has been working as a pundit on Sky Sports while insisting that he was awaiting the right opportunity to come along to return to management.Rumours circulated late on Tuesday night that the Portuguese was in talks with Spurs and that confirmation of his arrival could be announced in the coming hours.And, according to transfer expert Duncan Castles , the deal has been finalised.He tweeted: “Jose Mourinho has agreed to replace Mauricio Pochettino as manager of Tottenham Hotspur.“First match will be at West Ham United on Saturday.”Tottenham would become the ninth club that Mourinho has managed after stints in Portugal, Italy, and Spain, as well as England.The ex-Porto, Real Madrid and Inter Milan manager insists he has turned down a number of job opportunities, including in China, Spain and Portugal, since leaving Old Trafford.Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe, RB Leipzig’s Julian Nagelsmann and free agent Massimiliano Allegri, who left Juventus at the end of last season, have also been linked with the Spurs job.After traveling to the London Stadium to play West Ham on Saturday afternoon, Spurs welcome Olympiakos in the Champions League next week.