Mourinho, who has managed in the Premier League on three previous occasions, is no stranger to controversy and fans will be expecting more of the same as he returns for a fourth stint.
Over the years the self-proclaimed ‘Special One’ has used press conferences as a stage to air his views, frustrations and at times, digs at managerial rivals.
There have been countless examples over the years and – barring a dramatic change of personality and temperament – one can expect plenty more to come as Mourinho takes the reins at Tottenham.
A dig at Arsenal and Arsene Wenger
Wenger versus Mourinho is one of the great historical Premier League rivalries, with numerous clashes throughout the years.
On this particular occasion, Mourinho took the press to criticise Wenger’s reaction to a defeat.
“I played against arsenal 12,15, 18 times and only once he [Wenger] didn’t moan,” said Mourinho.
“On that day, we lost the game, we lost the cup. It was not good for us, we behave in a fantastic way, no excuses, not crying or moaning.”
Mourinho demands respect
Towards the end of his stint at Manchester United, when the wheels had really started to come off, Mourinho took it upon himself to remind reporters of who they were dealing with.
“Three Premierships and I won more Premierships alone than the other 19 [Premier League] managers together,” he exclaimed, holding up three fingers.
“Three for me and two for them. Respect, respect man, respect, respect,” he continued, as he stormed out of the press conference.
The ‘Special One’
Mourinho didn’t hang about when he first came on to the Premier League scene.
His first ever press conference as Chelsea manager has down down in history, all thanks to one special quote, which went something like:
“Please don’t call me arrogant because what I’m saying is true. I’m European champion – I think I’m a special one.”
Specialist in Failure
Mourinho might be the ‘Special One’, but what did he think of rival Arsene Wenger?
Well, one particularly scathing quote tells you all you need to know:
“You know, he [Wenger] is a specialist in failure. I’m not. So if he is right and I’m afraid of failure it’s because I don’t fail many times.”
Third season syndrome
Mourinho may have found success everywhere he has been, but he still has detractors who often focus on his lack of longevity at clubs.
The Portuguese boss is often seen to have imploded in his third season at a club. But if you ask him about it, make sure you do it sensitively:
“My third season in Porto? I did not have a third season. My third season in Inter? I did not have a third season.
“My third season at Chelsea for the first time, I won the FA Cup, the Carling Cup and I played the Champions League semi-finals.
“The third season in Real Madrid I won the Super Cup, I lost the cup final and I went to the Champions League semi-finals. These are my third seasons.”