Jose Mourinho narrowly avoided big loss at Tottenham this week after surprise announcement

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has avoided the difficult decision of having to find a new No 2 this week. Mourinho has had numerous assistants during his managerial career with Joao Sacramento the latest to work alongside him.

Mourinho brought in the young coach when he took over from Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham last year.

The 31-year-old has already been tipped for a bright future after helping Lille reach last season’s Champions League before moving to Tottenham.

And Mourinho has previously spoken glowingly about Sacramento’s influence on his management style.

“Joao is working with me as you know just at Spurs for the first time but I can say that we’ve worked together for a few years,” he said earlier this year.

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“He’s been at Monaco and then in Lille and our relationship comes from then.

“We can say that by talking, by changing opinions, by changing ideas, we know each other for quite a long time and I knew that he was going to be an assistant with quality because he has great talent and with great motivation.

“That’s because for him it’s the first time really he’s going to a league of our dimension, with the day by day challenge of our league, so I’m really, really happy with Joao.

“For him, it’s a new experience to be at this level.”

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But Sacramento’s time at Tottenham was under threat of being cut short this week.

He was reportedly the No 1 target to take over Mouscron after they sacked Fernando Da Cruz.

Mouscron have strong links with Lille with both clubs being owned by Gerard Lopez and he was keen to reunite with Sacramento.

But the Belgian side have since announced Jorge Simao as their new manager which will come as a relief to Mourinho.

Sacramento began working towards becoming a football coach at the age of 18 as he up rooted to South Wales.

And Mourinho had already begun taking notice of the young coach back then.

He went on to get his big break at Monaco after being head-hunted by sporting director Luis Campos, who later took him to Lille.

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