Jose Mourinho move that led to long-standing friendship with Mauricio Pochettino

Jose Mourinho announced that he would 'wear Spurs pyjamas' in his first press conference after he dramatically replaced Mauricio Pochettino as Tottenham manager in November.

And night-wear was back on the agenda again on Friday as Pochettino explained why he held no grudge towards the Portuguese manager.

Back in 2012, Mourinho was in charge of Real Madrid, with Pochettino at the helm at Espanyol – his first job in management.

Due to the Argentinean's impressive record with the Barcelona-based club, there was some speculation that he could be set to replace the under-pressure Mourinho at the Bernabeu.

But ahead of a game between the two sides Pochettino dismissed the rumours, saying "My kids are sleeping in Espanyol pyjamas every night so it's very difficult for me to think about changing clubs."

And Pochettino has now revealed that Mourinho thanked him for the comments with a number of thoughtful gifts – cementing a long-standing friendship between the pair.

“Espanyol were going to play Real Madrid and in the press conference before the game, the media asked me about that," Pochettino said yesterday.

“I said my kids are sleeping in Espanyol pyjamas every night so it’s difficult to think about changing!

“When I arrived at the stadium, Jose was waiting for me with a bag with a very nice bottle of French red wine and two kits of Real Madrid shirts and shorts.

“He says, ‘It’s okay, these are for your kids to wear from now on!’

“We were joking from there and we have kept a very good relationship. I am so happy that he is at Tottenham, replacing me.

“In life, look what happens. He was at Real Madrid. I say, ‘Oh, maybe one day I can take your place at Real Madrid’. Now he has taken my place at Tottenham. Unbelievable, eh?”

Pochettino is now being strongly linked with a job at Newcastle, and it will be intriguing to see whether he offers Mourinho a set of black-and-white robes if he does take the helm at St James' Park.

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