Duncan Castles on Tottenham & Jose Mourinho
Following Jose Mourinho’s appointment at Tottenham, Spurs fans may feel it’s time to pay attention to reporter Duncan Castles.
Duncan Castles writes for the likes of the Sunday Times and Daily Record, while he’s also part of the Transfer Window Podcast.
Moreover, Castles has long held the reputation of being Jose Mourinho’s media mouthpiece due to the reporter’s excellent contacts with the Portuguese icon.
On Wednesday, on the Transfer Window Podcast, Castles delved into the background behind how Mourinho ended up at Spurs.
The journalist also revealed how Mourinho previously held talks with Arsenal, how he had an invitation to return to Real Madrid, while Jose has also taken a pay cut from his Man United salary to join Tottenham.
Jose Mourinho’s Arsenal talks
How much longer will Unai Emery be at Arsenal?
Emery is under increasing pressure at the Emirates Stadium as Arsenal are struggling to cement a top-four spot in the league.
The Gunners are 6th in the Premier League, behind Sheffield United on goal difference.
According to Castles, Arsenal recently spoke to Mourinho about the possibility of him becoming the new manager in the red-half of north London. Castles said:
Arsenal had met with Mourinho and discussed the possibility of him replacing Unai Emery should they decide to make a final decision on dismissing Emery.
Mourinho’s Real Madrid comeback offer
Not only were Arsenal looking at Mourinho, so were Real Madrid.
Of course, Mourinho has previously managed at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Zinedine Zidane is now back in charge of Los Blancos for a second spell, however, Duncan Castles reports that Mourinho had already been sized up as Madrid’s next manager whenever Zidane gets the chop:
(Mourinho) had, essentially, an invite to become Real Madrid’s manager once Florentino Perez had gone through with the sacking of Zinedine Zidane.
Mourinho had informally agreed to do that. So, he has basically said ‘I prefer this job at Tottenham over the opportunity to return to Real Madrid’.
Pay cut from Man United
How much are Tottenham paying Mourinho per season?
On Wednesday, the Daily Mail claimed that Mourinho will earn 15 million pounds a season with Spurs.
If true, that’s almost double the wages which Mauricio Pochettino was on.
Jose Mourinho becomes SECOND highest paid manager in the world ahead of Zinedine Zidane and Jurgen Klopp with £15m-a-year Tottenham deal https://t.co/glaPbyi2I2
— MailOnline Sport (@MailSport) November 20, 2019
Duncan Castles has also discussed Mourinho’s salary at Spurs, confirming that the Portuguese has taken a pay cut from what he was earning at Manchester United:
Mourinho’s desire to take the job was such that he’s being paid less than he was taking at Manchester United – he’s taken a cut to the salary level he was on at Manchester United.
Also, the assistants which Mourinho will bring with him from Manchester United are also taking cuts at Tottenham.
Interestingly, however, Duncan Castles failed to report exactly how much Mourinho will earn.
Transfer Window Podcast: Pochettino, Mourinho & Spurs
Listen to the full show below.
How Mourinho’s appointment may help Joe Lewis sell Spurs
Turning the analysis on Tottenham, the decision-maker behind Pochettino’s sacking and Mourinho’s appointment was Spurs chairman Daniel Levy.
Indeed, Harry Redknapp revealed how he spoke to Levy after Pochettino was sacked to throw his name into the ring for the Tottenham job.
“I text Daniel [Levy] last night.” 😏📲
Harry Redknapp says he threw his hat into the ring for the Tottenham job!
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) November 20, 2019
However, while Levy may be Tottenham’s power-broker and operator, he’s not the club’s owner: that’s Joe Lewis.
Lewis is the elusive billionaire owner of Tottenham.
Through his investment company, ENIC, Lewis bought a controlling stake in Spurs from Alan Sugar back in 2001 for around £22 million.
Lewis, one of the richest men in the UK, doesn’t actually appear to spend much time in the country.
Instead, Lewis is usually found in the Bahamas, or living on his luxury 220ft superyacht.
Some are now speculating that Mourinho’s appointment may help Lewis to sell Spurs.
BBC & ESPN
The base-line for this analysis is that Tottenham is on the market, if the right offer comes in.
Back in 2014, the Mirror claimed that Lewis would sell Spurs for one billion pounds.
— José Antonio Romero (@JosepRomero3) September 10, 2014
Speaking on BBC 5 Live on Wednesday night, Stephan Warnock looked at how Mourinho’s appointment could make Spurs more attractive to potential buyers:
All the sponsors will want a part of Mourinho. Suddenly everyone will want to be sponsoring Tottenham.
Suddenly Tottenham becomes a massive interest. And Joe Lewis isn’t having to dip into his own pocket once again because of the sponsorships.
Listen to the discussion after 6 minutes on the audio unit below.
Meanwhile, ESPN have also looked into the suggestion that Mourinho may help Tottenham’s sale:
Hiring a manager with his pedigree and global brand has been floated as a first step on the road to potentially selling the club.
Sources told ESPN FC that Tottenham owners, ENIC Group, are interested in selling, and the high-profile hiring of Mourinho will make them more appealing to a prospective buyer.
With their new stadium, position in London, track record of Champions League play in recent seasons, Mourinho adds further polish to a potentially compelling investment.