Roma hiring Jose Mourinho may actually benefit Spurs’ search for new manager

Roma’s decision to appoint Jose Mourinho as their new manager could be good news for Tottenham.

Former Spurs boss Mourinho has signed a three-year-deal to take over at the Serie A side from next season.

His quickfire return to management will save Tottenham a huge sum of money as the north Londoners were still paying his £8m-a-year salary which had two years left to run.

But it’s not just Daniel Levy’s bank balance that stands to benefit from Mourinho’s return to the dugout.

Because Roma’s decision to appoint the ex-Man Utd boss could leave the door open for Spurs to go after one of their main managerial targets.

Maurizio Sarri had been strongly linked to the Roma hotseat before Mourinho was confirmed on Tuesday afternoon.

The former Napoli and Chelsea boss has been out of work since he was harshly sacked by Juventus in August 2020.

He won the Serie A title at the Allianz Stadium and his work has only been enhanced by Andrea Pirlo’s failure this season.

Sarri has developed a solid reputation in the game for the attacking style that brought him so much success with Napoli.

The 62-year-old would be an attractive appointment for Spurs, who have so far hit a brick wall in their search for a new manager.

Julian Nagelsmann turned Tottenham down in favour of Bayern Munich, while Erik ten Haag signed a new deal with Ajax.

Brendan Rodgers has also been linked with the vacant role in north London but chose to commit his future to Leicester City.

That leaves Sarri as the last man standing, although the Italian’s position isn’t as straight forward as Spurs might have hoped.

Sarri is still contracted to Juventus until July 2022, and should the veteran boss reach an agreement with Tottenham he would need to buy himself out of his contract, otherwise Spurs may need to pay compensation in the region of €2.5m.

Although with the money Tottenham have saved from Roma appointing Mourinho, that doesn’t sound so bad after all.

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