Jose Mourinho has been flooded with text messages following his appointment as Tottenham gaffer – including one from the man who sacked him last year!
‘The Special One’ is back in football 11 months after being given the boot by Spurs’ Premier League rivals Manchester United.
Red Devils executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward was the man to pull the trigger on Mourinho but has been in touch to wish him well with his new job.
"I received messages from everybody, everywhere (from my former clubs)," Mourinho told Sky Sports.
"Maybe I get the opportunity to apologise for not answering 500 of them that I couldn't answer. I have 700 but only had time to answer 200.
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"But it was curious to see, from my last club, so many people showing me that respect, empathy and feeling. It was nice.
"All of them were special. The first one was from (United managing director) Richard Arnold. The third, fourth or fifth was Ed Woodward. And they were my bosses."
Despite swinging the axe as a result of United’s disappointing form last term, Mourinho and Woodward generally enjoyed an amicable relationship, and the Portuguese tactician believes he will find common ground with Tottenham supremo Daniel Levy.
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"Yes, I think we will get on well," he said. "He explained to me the vision for the club and I embraced that. It was one of the most important reasons I accepted. So when I did that, it's a very good start."
A trip to West Ham on Saturday is first on the fixture list for Mourinho.
The former Chelsea boss took training on Wednesday afternoon following his appointment so has spent a bit of time running the rule over his new charges.
And he has been left impressed by the squad left by Mauricio Pochettino.
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"I don't need players, I am happy with the players that I have. I just need time to understand them better to know everything about them,” Mourinho said.
"You only know a player when you work with them. How many times have I played against these guys? I know them well but never enough until you work with them. My gift is this squad, it is very good.
"If we win titles it will not be because of me but as a consequence of the work we do at the club. This is a package, this is a vision. To try and keep all the best players and to refuse to let the best players go away is part of the vision too."
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