José Mário dos Santos Mourinho Félix, GOIH (born 26 January 1963), is a Portuguese professional football manager and former player who was the head coach of Tottenham Hotspur between 2019 and 2021.
On 20 November 2019, Mourinho was appointed as the manager of Tottenham Hotspur on a four-year contract, replacing the sacked Mauricio Pochettino. Mourinho sparked media attention on 26 November 2019, when he claimed that ball boy Callum Hynes 'assisted' Spurs' second goal in a 4–2 win over Olympiacos.
Mourinho was constantly criticised by numerous sections of the Tottenham fan base throughout his tenure for a negative brand of football, not associated with the traditionally attractive football played throughout the club's history. An 11-game unbeaten run consisting of 7 wins, including a North London derby victory took Tottenham to the top of the table in mid-December. Two draws in this run - 1-1 against Newcastle United and 3-3 against West Ham United - replaced the label 'Spursy' upon the team and the manager famed for holding leads in football matches. This was particularly with the latter where a rampant Spurs let a 3-0 lead slip within the final 10 minutes of the match. Consecutive defeats against Liverpool and Leicester City over Christmas saw Spurs slip to 6th. Mourinho took Spurs on a successful EFL Cup run, with victories against Chelsea, Stoke City and Brentford putting them in the final of the competition for the first time in 6 years.
Tottenham then failed to register consecutive victories in the Premier League until March; the period between January and March included 5 defeats in 6 games. On European duty, Mourinho oversaw an 8-1 aggregate win over Austrian team Wolfsberger, before slumping to an embarassing aggregate defeat to Croatian champions Dinamo Zagreb, heaping heavy pressure on Mourinho. This came in the same week as a woeful Spurs performance which saw them lose 2-1 in the North London derby. With his job already on the line, picking up 2 points out of 9 in April cost Mourinho his job on 19 April, in a week which saw Spurs competing in their first domestic cup final since 2015.
Many members of the fanbase and the media questioned the decision to sack Mourinho at such a key moment for the club on the eve of a cup final, with Tottenham under pressure for not having won a trophy for over a decade. The sacking coincided with the news that a breakaway European Super League was formed including Tottenham, but the sacking had no links with the new competition, which Mourinho had publicly opposed months earlier. The decision to sack Mourinho was results-based.
note = (c) = caretaker manager; (s) = secretary-manager