Mourinho preparing to make Tottenham legend Ledley King part of backroom team after tactical analyst leaves dugout


LEDLEY KING could make a return to football as part of Jose Mourinho’s backroom team at Tottenham.

The White Hart Lane legend is being widely tipped to replace tactical analyst Ricardo Formosinho, who is leaving the club to pursue a career as a head coach.

One-club man King, 39, made 323 appearances for the North London club from 1999-2012. He was then a coach in the club’s academy before becoming a club ambassador.

New boss Mourinho asked the former centre-back and defensive midfielder to come in and do a few training sessions with the club’s defenders before lockdown.

King was seen on the pitches at Tottenham’s Enfield training HQ with Mourinho before lockdown.

And now it seems he could be working there more frequently after Mourinho revealed his new coach has already been appointed and is a Spurs man.

Former stars Ryan Mason and Jonathan Woodgate are other names in the frame after Mourinho said: “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.

“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.”


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