Why has Jose Mourinho been named the head coach and not the manager at Tottenham? The former Chelsea manager has taken his services to North London.
Jose Mourinho is the man of the moment after his surprise move to Tottenham Hotspur despite saying once that he would never join the club out of respect for Chelsea fans. After months and weeks of being linked with Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and even Arsenal, Mourinho was named as Tottenham’s head coach earlier in the day.
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After 5 and a half years at the helm, Mauricio Pochettino was relieved of his services. However, rather surprisingly, instead of being named the manager, Mourinho has been appointed as the head coach of the side.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) November 20, 2019
While the two words can be used interchangeably, they both mean two entirely different things. This has led to some wondering why has Jose Mourinho been named the head coach and not the manager at Tottenham?
What is the difference between head coach and manager?
The answer can be found in Pochettino’s gripe with Club chairman Daniel Levy earlier in the summer. When questioned about the transfers, the Argentine replied:
“These types of things, what will happen, what will not happen, selling and buying of players, extending contracts, not extending contracts, I think it is not in my hands. It is in the club hands, and Daniel Levy. At the moment I am managing the team in the best way possible.
“Maybe the club need to change my title description, because my job now is to coach the team. It is not a question for me, it is a question for the club. Maybe the club are going to change my title description.
“Of course, I am the boss, deciding the strategy to play, training, mentality, philosophy in my area, but in another area, I think I am the coach.”
With Jose Mourinho being appointed the head coach, it is likely that this means while Mourinho can make his wishes known in terms of signings, outgoings and negotiations, the final say will remain in Daniel Levy’s hands. However, Mourinho is not the only with the title in the Premier League. London rivals, Arsenal and Chelsea have also appointed Unai Emery and Frank Lampard as head coaches of their respective sides.
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