Author Archives: David Hytner


Tottenham’s Harry Kane set to be out until March with torn hamstring

By | 3rd January 2020

• Scans reveal serious problem for England captain• Spurs have no specialist senior replacement for striker Harry Kane is not expected to return to action until at least March as scans on his injured hamstring have revealed a serious tear. The Tottenha…


‘Who said Mourinho is in control of Spurs?’ Rose aims apparent dig at Levy

By | 12th December 2019

• Left-back has no plans to discuss his future with manager• Mourinho optimistic Luis Campos will join as sporting directorThe discussion with Danny Rose had turned towards José Mourinho and how it felt to have a manager of his winning mentality in con…


Manchester United show they are best without possession and expectation

By | 5th December 2019

Win over Spurs continues pattern of Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s side thriving when the pressure is lower and opponents dominateIt is the counterintuitive detail that strikes at the heart of Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s Manchester United rebuild; firing optimism one…

Lucas Moura could be a big winner from Mourinho’s arrival at Tottenham

By | 27th November 2019

Forward was often squeezed out or not used in his preferred role by Pochettino but has the trust of Mourinho, who wanted him in 2012If things had worked out differently, Lucas Moura would have played for José Mourinho at the beginning of his career. Th…

José Mourinho says Eriksen’s stand-off with Spurs could affect selection

By | 25th November 2019

• Midfielder’s contract runs out at end of season• Mourinho: ‘You have to think about the future’José Mourinho has suggested Christian Eriksen’s chances of selection will be reduced by the uncertainty over his long-term future at Tottenham. Eriksen has…

Tottenham’s José Mourinho prepares for opening night against Olympiakos

By | 25th November 2019

• Spurs will progress to the knockout rounds if they win• New coach sees Champions League fixture as launchpadJosé Mourinho is back in the Champions League, looking forward to Tottenham’s group home game against Olympiakos on Tuesday – win and they are…

‘Are you Dele or Dele’s brother?’ – Mourinho looks to reboot Spurs stars | David Hytner

By | 22nd November 2019

Old mischief already evident as new Tottenham manager holds court with press and playersJosé Mourinho had a question for Dele Alli, the Spurs midfielder, who has long since mislaid his best form. “I asked him if he was Dele or Dele’s brother,” Mourinho…

‘Premier League is my natural habitat, where I belong’ says José Mourinho

By | 21st November 2019

• New Spurs manager says he has improved during 11 months out• ‘There’s not a fan who wants Spurs to win more than me’José Mourinho has promised to eat, sleep and breathe Tottenham, wearing their tracksuit by day and club pyjamas by night, as he insist…

José Mourinho told Tottenham have no money to spend in January

By | 20th November 2019

• New manager says that he ‘feels happiness’ with squad• Academy is giving the talents the first team needs, he saysJosé Mourinho has been told that he will have to work with Tottenham’s existing squad as there is no money for an overhaul in January. T…

Daniel Levy and José Mourinho hope shared ruthlessness pays off at Spurs

By | 20th November 2019

Chairman and manager have plenty in common and Levy must trust that his gamble persuades key players to stayJosé Mourinho’s Manchester United team looked broken. The date was 29 September 2018 and their shortcomings were written large on the open space…