Victor Osimhen’s Lille coach Christophe Galtier has blasted new Tottenham Hotspurs manager Jose Mourinho for poaching two members of his coaching team for the North London outfit.
The 56-year-old Portuguese replaces Mauricio Pochettino on Tuesday after Argentina coach and his assistants were sacked but the three-time Premier League-winning manager moved quickly to arrange his backroom team with goalkeeping coach Nuno Santos and Joao Sacramento both appointed from the Ligue 1 side.
However, Lille sporting director Luis Campos has been linked with a move to Tottenham Hotspur Stadium from Stade Pierre Mauroy to take up a similar role.
Galtier was unimpressed with the way Mourinho went about poaching his backroom staff as he speaks to the press via RMC Sport in ironic tones ahead of Lille’s Ligue 1 clash with Paris Saint-Germain on Friday: “Everyone has their own way of doing things. It’s very classy, anyway, very classy to act like that,”
“I was angry; the timing isn’t good. There are ways to do things. Regardless, what matters is that I agree with the decision of the president [Gerard Lopez].
“I have also been in a deputy role. They were asked, they believe in this project, they want to go. That’s football today.”
“My president and Luis Campos could not do anything to keep two people who couldn’t stay in this project. We’re not in the world of the Care Bears.
“I learned it by phone from my president on Tuesday night. He told me about the situation. I didn’t see anything coming. We were preparing normally for the match in Paris.
“He explained it to me, and I understood. I would have done the same thing. If staff want to go to another project, it takes so much investment that if your head is 10 percent elsewhere, you’re doomed to failure.”
Galtier certainly does not expect Campos to follow his former coaching staff to Spurs, though.
“Luis is 200 percent invested in the project [at Lille] and I don’t see a 1000th of a wish to look elsewhere,” he said. “We’re close and looking forward.”
Mourinho took charge of his ninth club Tottenham after a spell at Benfica, União de Leiria, Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid, and Manchester United.