The beginning of the Manchester United end for Jose Mourinho came when he told Ed Woodward he wanted a certain centre-half, believed to be Jerome Boateng of Bayern Munich.

Woodward handed the name to the club’s scouting department and a pretty simple message came back. Do not touch him with a barge pole, or words to that effect.

On that evidence, Woodward felt unable to sanction a bid and Mourinho was gone within months. By common consent, it is not a question of if Mourinho falls out with Daniel Levy but when.

Somewhere around the start of the third season would be odds-on favourite but, considering Levy’s attitude towards the transfer market, it could be a lot sooner.

Jose Mourinho delivers instructions during Tottenham training on Thursday

Yet now the dust has settled on a truly jaw-dropping dismissal and appointment, one thing is clear.

Levy and Mourinho could actually make the ideal pairing. Each utterly single-minded, each utterly ruthless.

Levy runs the football club how he sees fit. Simple as that. If that does not tally with the way the manager - or head coach, in this instance - thinks it should be run, tough.

If Levy wants to squeeze a few more quid out of a buying club - meaning a manager has less time to replace a departing player - that is exactly what he will do.

If that annoys the manager or gives him a problem, tough.

The Portuguese manager was in high spirits during his first press conference

Levy thought it was the right thing to do to be relatively frugal while the ground switch was in process.

He has delivered a truly magnificent stadium.

Now, his ruthlessness has extended to firing his friend, sacking one of the most popular managers in the club’s history less than five months after he took the team to a Champions League final.

And Mourinho, of course, had no qualms about filling the warm seat that belonged to a fellow coach who he would also consider a friend.

Of course, he was not approached until after Mauricio Pochettino had been fired. Oh no. That would never happen.

Spurs chief Daniel Levy opted to bring in Mourinho as manager this week

Just as he had no contact with Manchester United until they had dismissed Mourinho’s beloved mentor and long-time friend Louis van Gaal.

Oh no.

Mourinho was suitably "humble' at his first press conference on Thursday. He claims that is the way he has always been but that we don’t understand his brand of humility.

Maybe. If regularly listing the trophies you have won during your career counts as humility, we’ve got him all wrong.

And when asked if he thought the defeat to Liverpool in Madrid back in June had affected Tottenham, he said he did not know "because I never lost a Champions League final."

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But his single-mindedness is beyond doubt.

And according to Graeme Souness, who has been spending a fair amount of time with him recently, there is a frustration and an anger boiling beneath that charming exterior the cameras filmed in the Spurs media room on Thursday.

As Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp continue to soak up praise from all angles and Mourinho’s stodgy football with United remains a clear memory, Jose is a man with a point to prove.

That is what will have been at the forefront of Levy’s mind. Will the dynamic work? Of course, only time will tell.

But if there was a trophy for ruthlessness, this pair would be taking it home every single season.