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Tottenham appoint Ledley King as Jose Mourinho’s new assistant

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 30: Former Tottenham Hotspur Defender Ledley King walks the pitch prior to round 23 of the Hyundai A-League Soccer between Western Sydney Wanderers FC and Melbourne City FC on March 30, 2019 at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Speed Media/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Tottenham have announced the appointment of former player Ledley King as their new first-team assistant.

The White Hart Lane icon replaced tactical analyst Ricardo Formosinho, who has left the club to pursue a career as a head coach.

The 39-year-old made his way through the north London side’s academy, going on to captain the club and make 323 appearances in 13 years.

He lifted the League Cup at Wembley in 2008 before a persistent knee injure forced him to hang up his boots in 2012.

The ex-defender then went on to coach in Spurs’ academy before becoming a club ambassador.

Jose Mourinho was full of praise for the latest addition to his backroom staff, describing King as a ‘true Spurs man’.

He told the club’s official website: ‘I am extremely pleased to be welcoming Ledley into the first team group as we continue our preparations for the new season.

‘He has a tremendous affinity with this football club and the fans appreciate just how much he has accomplished as a true Spurs man both on and off the pitch.

‘We have developed a good relationship since I arrived, and we hope to use his experience and insight to support the work we are doing with the squad.’

One-club man King scored 14 goals in total after making his debut against Liverpool in 1999.

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