Tottenham have appointed Jose Mourinho as their new head coach after parting ways with Mauricio Pochettino on Tuesday. After almost a year out of the game, they’ll surely be some more memorable moments to come from the former Manchester United and Chelsea boss over the coming years. Mourinho has already had a number of moments where he’s had confrontations with managers on the sideline or made comments about them to the media, so we’ve collated some of the more notable moments in his managerial career.
That clash with Arsene Wenger
After a dangerous tackle from Gary Cahill on Alexis Sanchez, Arsene Wenger was outraged on the touchline.
Wenger stormed to the sideline to berate Martin Atkinson about the challenge before Jose Mourinho charged out and approached Wenger.
A heated exchange between the pair led to Wenger shoving Mourinho back before being separated by the fourth official.
They did not shake hands at the end of the game after Chelsea ran out 2-0 winners at Stamford Bridge.
The touchline run
En route to their shock Champions League triumph in 2004, Porto and Jose Mourinho travelled to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United.
United had a slender 1-0 lead late in the game until Costinha equalised which sparked a mad reaction from the Porto bench.
Most notably from Mourinho who sprinted the length of the touchline to celebrate with his players after the goal which sent his side through, much to Sir Alex Ferguson’s chagrin.
Specialist in failure
The feud between Wenger and Mourinho has rumbled on for nigh on a decade but arguably the most notable moment came in February 2014.
Wenger accused Mourinho of playing down their title chances because he was afraid of failure, but Mourinho was there to strike back with vengeance.
“If he is right and I am afraid of failure it is because I didn’t fail many times.
“Eight years without silverware, that’s failure. He’s a specialist in failure.
“If I do that in Chelsea, eight years, I leave and don’t come back.”
Accusing Rijkaard of being in cahoots with UEFA officials
During a Champions League match between Barcelona and Chelsea in 2006, Mourinho felt aggrieved that his side were not getting some decisions on the pitch.
At half-time, Mourinho thought he found out why when he saw Frank Rijkaard entering the referee’s room during the interval and thought they were trying to bring down his side.
“When I saw Frank Rijkaard entering the referee’s dressing room I couldn’t believe it,” he said at the time. “When Didier Drogba was sent off I wasn’t surprised.”
He was fined £8,900 and given a two-match touchline ban.
Laundry basket gate
After being handed the two-match ban by UEFA, Mourinho was not on the touchline for Chelsea’s UCL clash with Bayern Munich.
That did not stop Mourinho communicating with his team and bench during the game, though.
His assistant, Rui Faria, was allegedly to have been wearing an earpiece underneath a woolly hat in the first-half with Mourinho sending messages to him and the rest of his staff on the sideline.
Then at half-time, he was again alleged to have been smuggled into the Chelsea dressing room whilst concealed in a laundry basket to then give a team talk to his side.
The birthplace of the Mourinho-Wenger feud was in December 2005 following comments from Wenger about Chelsea.
Wenger was critical of Chelsea’s big-spending approach which didn’t sit well with Mourinho, who stated that Wenger was obsessed with Chelsea and is a voyeur who likes to watch other people.
“He is one of those people who is a voyeur. He likes to watch other people.
“There are some guys who, when they are at home, have a big telescope to see what happens in other families.
“He speaks, speaks, speaks, speaks about Chelsea.”
He later criticised Wenger for not acknowledging his Christmas card.
During a match between Barcelona and Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup in 2011, Mourinho was caught up in another touchline bust-up.
This time with Barcelona assistant manager Tito Vilanova.
A bad tackle sparked a huge scuffle on the sideline with players and coaching staff from both sides getting into the thick of it.
In amongst it all was Mourinho who approached Vilanova and appeared to gouge his eye and was subsequently suspended for the incident.
Whilst managing Inter Milan, Mourinho was handed a three-match ban for his behaviour towards the officials.
Both Walter Samuel and Ivan Cordoba were sent off which provoked Mourinho to make a handcuffing gesture to the cameras.
He later said he felt victimised by the Serie A rule makers.
Touchline antics against Liverpool
Mourinho was running down the touchline once again when Chelsea defeated Liverpool at Anfield in 2014.
The encounter was famous for Steven Gerrard’s costly slip, and when Willian sealed the win, Mourinho couldn’t hide his excitement.
Blamed for rain and Brexit
While at Manchester United, Mourinho famously said that fans blame him for everything, even the rain and Brexit!
It came after the Red Devils secured a dramatic 3-2 win over Newcastle United last October, and as expected, his comments went viral.
Goading Juve fans
Mourinho famously goaded Juventus fans following Manchester United’s Champions League triumph in Turin last November.
He cupped his ear in the direction of the Juventus faithful at full time which produced a chorus of boos all aimed at the 56-year-old.
When Tottenham defeated Manchester United 3-0 last August, Mourinho lost his cool with the media and demanded to be shown some respect.
He reminded reporters of his three Premier League triumphs before storming out the room.