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AHEAD OF THE GAME: FA feared Tottenham would make a move for England boss Gareth Southgate FA were concerned Tottenham would approach England boss Gareth Southgate Daniel Levy instead hired Jose Mourinho as Mauricio Pochettino's successor Southgate has a contract with the FA until 2022 but raised prospect of early exit

By Matt Hughes For The Daily Mail

Published: 22:30 GMT, 22 November 2019 | Updated: 22:30 GMT, 22 November 2019

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FA executives are delighted that Tottenham have appointed Jose Mourinho as manager as there was concern that the club would approach Gareth Southgate if they had a vacancy next summer. 

Mauricio Pochettino's departure has long been regarded as a matter of time, with Southgate fitting the profile of manager usually favoured by Spurs, given his excellent record of promoting young players and attacking football.

Southgate has a contract with the FA until 2022, but this week raised the prospect of an earlier departure if he was no longer feeling 'warmth' from his employers and the fans after next year's European Championship. 

FA are delighted Tottenham hired Jose Mourinho as they feared a move for Gareth Southgate

FA are delighted Tottenham hired Jose Mourinho as they feared a move for Gareth Southgate

An approach from Tottenham next summer would have left Southgate facing a dilemma, as he wants to return to club football at some point, but Spurs chairman Daniel Levy realised there was no chance of the England manager joining them before Euro 2020 so did not seriously consider him when plotting to replace Pochettino.

The FA are desperate for Southgate to lead England through to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

England boss fits profile of manager Spurs like and wants to return club football at some point

England boss fits profile of manager Spurs like and wants to return club football at some point

POCHETTINO FALLS VICTIM TO 'AMAZON CURSE'

Mauricio Pochettino may have been struck by the curse of Amazon, who, as Sportsmail revealed in September, are filming the latest edition of their All or Nothing documentary series at Tottenham this season.

In a previous edition of All or Nothing, which followed NFL side St Louis Rams in the 2016 season, head coach Jeff Fisher was also sacked during the campaign, with Amazon capturing the meeting in which he was dismissed.

Pochettino was spared that, but Amazon were at Spurs' training ground to film the arrival of his replacement Jose Mourinho at 6.30am on Wednesday.

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