McCarthy to link up with Mourinho

English Premier League

Benni McCarthy is set to link up with his former coach Jose Mourinho at Tottenham Hotspur, the former Cape Town City coach has revealed.

McCarthy played under Mourinho during their time at FC Porto, where the Bafana Bafana legend won the 2004/05 UEFA Champions League.

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While both moved on the Premier League with Blackburn Rovers and Chelsea respectively, the pair have maintained a close relationship.

McCarthy has been out of management since being sacked by Cape Town City in November last year and after confirming a recent offer to return to South Africa, he revealed his plans with 'The Special One'.

"I am in regular contact with Jose so I'm going spend some time at Spurs to see how he operates and what I can learn from him," he told BBC Football.

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The 42-year-old went on to suggest that he may move into an assistant manager role for his next calculated move for his promising career.

"Working in an assistant's role provides a great opportunity to work with experienced managers. You get to learn first hand what it's like," McCarthy explains.

"Look at Kolo Toure, he played under a great manager like Arsene Wenger for such a long time, I don't think you could have worked under a better manager.

"He also went to play under Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool and Glasgow Celtic and then joined Brendan's coaching staff after retiring.

"Once you think you've learnt enough you can then go on your own when the opportunity arises."