We’ll be honest, the Premier League just didn’t feel right without Jose Mourinho.
The Portuguese coach may have turned into a moody sod during the backend of his Man Utd tenure, but early signs appear to show that a year’s sabbatical has done wonders for the rejuvenated ‘Special One’.
Mourinho had a glint in his eye during his first official Tottenham interview, during which he promised: “Passion, real passion. Passion for my job, but also passion for my Club.”
Training videos show the Tottenham head coach getting to know his players, with affectionate pats on the head and shoulder-rubs, while Dele Alli was even subject to a playful slap on the chest - these sorts of social clips are, of course, now custom when a new manager comes in, yet something just feels right about his arrival.
So, everybody knows who Mourinho is, but what about the backroom staff with whom he’s brought with him?
Mauricio Pochettino’s own staff - the likes of Jesus Perez, Miguel D’Agostino and Toni Jimenez - have also departed North London, so here at The Sack Race we give you the lowdown on Mourinho’s new-look management team…
Joao Sacramento: Assistant Manager
Mourinho’s long-term right-hand man, Rui Faria, will not be joining him at Tottenham. His fellow countryman was a key figure at Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid, and then for a couple of Mourinho’s two-and-a-half seasons at Man Utd, however he’s now a head coach in his own right at Qatari club Al-Duhail, a position he’s held since January.
In Faria’s place is Joao Sacramento - also from Portugal - who has switched Lille for London.
The 30-year-old, who speaks four languages, was assistant manager to Christophe Galtier at the French club, while he previously worked under the likes of Patrick Collot, Franck Passi, the now Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa, and Fernando Da Cruz. The club finished 2nd behind PSG in Ligue 1 last season, their highest position since they were crowned champions in 2010.
Jose Mourinho oversees his first Tottenham training session
Prior to his two-and-a-half-years in Lille, Sacramento spent just under three years at Monaco as ‘Manager of Opposition Analysis 1st Team’ under bosses Leonardo Jardim and Claudio Ranieri.
He learnt the ropes in Wales as a Performance Analyst Intern under Gary Speed and then Chris Coleman in the national set-up. He was an assistant lecturer at the University of South Wales, and completed a Masters in Performance Coaching at the University of Glamorgan. He was also at Cardiff City in the scouting department, and a youth team coach.
Ricardo Formosinho: Tactical Analyst
Ricardo Formosinho will be a name familiar to Man Utd fans as he previously worked at the club as a scout under Mourinho, and will now take up the role of tactical analyst at Tottenham.
The former midfielder has an extensive managerial career, overseeing a multitude of clubs - in excess of 20 - since the early 1990s, the most recent of which was Kuala Lumpur.
He worked on Mourinho’s coaching staff at Porto during the club’s famous league and Champions League winning 2003/04 season, and he would scout for his fellow countryman at Real Madrid.
Giovanni Cerra: Technical Analyst
Like Formosinho, Giovanni Cerra was also at Man Utd - as a technical analyst - during the Mourinho years.
The Italian, who was a lead visual designer at Chelsea under Mourinho, was infamously on the wrong end of one of the manager’s verbal-bashings during Man Utd’s Europa League clash against Zorya Luhansk, due to a dispute over Paul Pogba.
Cerra has a degree in industrial design, and has previously worked for Microsoft.
Mourinho with Ricardo Formosinho and Carlos Lalin at Man Utd
Carlos Lalin: Fitness Coach
Carlos Lalin spent 10 years at Deportivo La Coruna, before linking up with Mourinho for the first time at Real Madrid. He then followed him to Chelsea and Man Utd.
The Venezuelan, who has a degree in Physical Education, now ventures back to London as Tottenham’s new fitness coach.
At Chelsea he helped whip injury-prone striker Diego Costa back into shape but like Cerra, Lalin has previously not seen eye-to-eye with Mourinho, with the duo involved in a training ground bust-up during their time at Man Utd. However, he is evidently still someone who Mourinho values immensely.
Nuno Santos: Goalkeeping Coach
Not to get confused with a certain Premier League manager…
Nuno Santos has also arrived from Lille and also hails from Portugal. He’ll be taking up the position of goalkeeping coach.
During his playing days he kept goal for Vitória FC and a number of lower league clubs in his homeland, while he was even on the books at Benfica, and Leeds, when the Yorkshire outfit were in the Premier League, however he failed to make a first-team appearance for either club.
After hanging up his gloves, Santos jetted over to Canada as the national team’s goalkeeper coach, then took up the same role as Lille, where he worked alongside the aforementioned Sacramento.