The Tottenham ballboy who was praised by Jose Mourinho for his quick thinking in their victory over Olympiacos in the Champions League has outlined that the manager’s gesture “made his life”.
15-year-old Callum Hynes’ sharp reactions allowed Serge Aurier to take a quick throw-in which resulted in Harry Kane’s equaliser during their crucial 4-2 victory over Olympiacos.
Mourinho was full of praise for Hynes after the game, pinpointing his intelligence and knowledge of the role, with the young ballboy outlining that he was simply doing his job.
“It’s all a bit surreal,” he told the club’s website. “I was just doing my job and I still can’t quite believe what happened.
“I didn’t even see the goal! I was busy getting the ball that had come off and then I heard the cheer. I turned around and Harry was celebrating. I looked at the replay on the screen and watched exactly what happened.
“You can see from my smile it was just unbelievable. Jose didn’t have to do that. It was really nice of him to come over to me. It’s made my day, my life, really! I love Spurs and it was an amazing moment I’ll never forget.
The new Tottenham manager, who has won his opening two games in charge of the North London club, also explained that he invited Hynes into the Spurs dressing room after the game but the young ballboy was nowhere to be found.
The 15-year-old joked that the reason he didn’t stick around after the game was due to the fact that he had to study for a maths exam the next morning.
“The whole way home I was using a torch in the car to go over my maths revision!” he said.
“We saw Jose go over to Callum,” said Callum’s mum Keeley. “We just thought it was going to be a high-five and didn’t expect any more than that but then both of our phones started pinging!
“The smile on Callum’s face! It was such a lovely thing that Jose did to say thanks like that. Callum always says that by sitting on the touchline watching these players he learns so much and takes it all away with him for his own football.”