Mourinho says No to Spurs

John Edwards

Last updated at 00:00 24 October 2003

PORTO coach Jose Mourinho claimed yesterday he had been offered the job of Tottenham manager but turned it down.

Celtic boss Martin O'Neill is believed to have recommended him to Spurs chairman Daniel Levy and Mourinho confirmed the move himself by saying: 'I appreciated the invitation by Spurs but had to decline.' Sources close to Porto still expect Mourinho to be installed at White Hart Lane at the end of the season and feel he rejected the approach because a place beckons for Porto in the Champions League quarterfinals.

Earlier this week, Mourinho told a Portuguese newspaper he would be delighted to manage an English club. 'I would love to, because one of my dreams is to work in England,' he said. 'For me, coaching there would be the ultimate.' Mourinho impressed O'Neill by beating his Celtic side in the UEFA Cup Final last May and Porto are unbeaten in their league this season.

Spurs, who yesterday parted company with finance director Paul Viner, are prepared to allow David Pleat to remain in charge for the rest of the season.

WEST HAM have taken Robbie Stockdale on loan from Middlesbrough and handed a contract to loan signing Hayden Mullins.

Stockdale joins the Hammers for a month with a view to a permanent move while Mullins has completed his transfer for an undisclosed fee from Crystal Palace. Palace, meanwhile, have snapped up Norwegian keeper Thomas Myrhe from Sunderland on a one-month loan deal.

TORQUAY boss Leroy Rosenior has emerged as the favourite to become Brighton's new manager after he was given permission to speak to the Second Division club last night.

Rosenior took charge of Torquay from Roy McFarland in June last year and has a 12-month rolling contract at Plainmoor but is keen to manage at a higher level.

READING boss Steve Coppell has made defender Ivan Ingimarsson his first signing for his new club in a Pounds 100,000 move fromWolves.

Coppell, who managed the Iceland international at Brentford and Brighton, made the signing because centre halves Steve Brown and John Mackie are out through injury.

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