Tottenham did the right thing by swapping Pochettino for Mourinho, claims Joe Cole
Former Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole has insisted that Tottenham Hotspur were right in replacing Mauricio Pochettino with Jose Mourinho, according to Sky Sports.
Mourinho took over the reins at Tottenham in November last year following the sacking of Pochettino. After early signs of positivity under the Portuguese, things have been on the downslide of late.
Mourinho oversaw Tottenham’s exit from the FA Cup and the UEFA Champions League last month, while the club has dropped to 8th place in the Premier League.
Injuries to key players haven’t helped the situation and the team has failed to live up to expectations.
However, Joe Cole, who worked under Mourinho in his first stint at Chelsea, has backed the Portuguese to come good. The former England international believes that the current Tottenham boss can be a success at the club provided chairman Daniel Levy backs him in the transfer market in the summer.
As quoted by Sky Sports, Cole said:
“Jose has gone into a difficult situation. In the media in particular there is a lot of anti-Jose, people who are very quick to jump on Jose’s back, especially for someone who has been as successful as him. But it’s like turning a cruise ship, you can’t just turn it on a sixpence, it takes time.
“He needs time, he needs to bring the right players in. I think the relationship with Daniel Levy is important, if Levy gets him the players he wants and gives him time I think it will be a success for him.”
Cole has further claimed that the team had run its course under former boss Pochettino and are in need of a rebuild ahead of next season. He said (h/t Sky Sports):
“You need to look at the job in perspective, I think it had run its course under Pochettino. I think the team wasn’t playing well, it needed a change.
“I think some of the players may have run their course at Tottenham. They are all great players but sometimes your time is up. They are in a rebuild situation.”
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While it is true that injuries have hampered us of late, the jury is still out on Mourinho and his suitability for the job. Hopefully, things take a turn for the better once football returns to action and the club are proven right in their decision to appoint Mourinho.