Trouble brewing at Tottenham as familiar Jose Mourinho issue crops up once again
According to The Mirror, a number of senior stars remain unconvinced by the manager. They appear to be non-plussed with the 58-year-old’s man-management ability. Not one for mincing words or shying away from controversy, Mourinho is someone who speaks his mind, sometimes unwittingly.
Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho is not an easy man to get behind. The Portuguese tactician is one of the greatest managers the game has ever seen. However, his success on the field is also mirrored by his ability to divide opinion among fans and players.
An excellent start to the season saw Spurs sit on top of the Premier League ahead of the trip to Liverpool in December. It appeared to be a case of Mourinho having rediscovered his magic. But it did not take much time for the tables to turn.
Now in eighth spot, the dour demeanour surrounding the Portuguese tactician has returned.
A public executioner
Speaking to the press ahead of the clash against Manchester City, the Spurs boss decided to throw Gareth Bale under the bus. It can be argued that he could have dealt with the issue behind closed doors than air the dirty laundry in public.
He has also had issues with the English trio of Dele Alli, Eric Dier and Harry Winks, all three key players under Mauricio Pochettino. His treatment of Dier, in particular, has raised the eyebrows of Spurs stars, who feel the defender’s confidence is shot.
Moreover, players are also disgruntled at having to approach a safety-first approach rather than play to their strengths. Despite recent setbacks, Mourinho has the backing of Levy and will, at the very least, see out the season. With the Carabao Cup final yet to come, he might break Tottenham’s 13-year trophy drought.
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There is still hope for the Portuguese legend. Some players such as Tanguy Ndombele, who earned the manager’s wrath in the past, have since reinvented themselves.
Mourinho’s antics could certainly inspire some players to showcase their best on the field. However, it also runs the risk of alienating his players, some of who form the team’s core.