Jose Mourinho has revealed Tottenham assistant coach Ricardo Formosinho is on the verge of leaving the club to pursue managerial opportunities, to be replaced by someone with history at Spurs.
Formosinho, 63, has worked with Mourinho on-and-off since his days at Porto, where he helped them win the Champions League.
He was also part of his backroom staff at Real Madrid, Manchester United and now Tottenham, where he is a tactical analyst.
But Mourinho revealed on Friday that his compatriot is heading to pastures new, to be replaced by someone more familiar to fans.
‘Ricardo is leaving and he’s leaving because he feels that he would like to have, in this stage of his career, probably one of his last opportunities, due to his age, to be a head coach,’ Mourinho said.
‘I’m not going to say where of course, that’s up to him, but he’s leaving and we all wish him all the best.
‘Who is coming to replace him? I prefer that it’s the club that’s going to inform you about that but my decision was to go again in one direction that I had before in other clubs which is to help local people to develop, instead of bringing one more assistant with me.
‘So it’ll be someone with a history with the club, connected with the club and let’s try to give him an opportunity because I’m not really a fan of people moving with a lot of assistants and forgetting local talent and people from the house.’
Mourinho confirmed the deal was done, subject to a formal announcement.