Mourinho's comments after the draw with Newcastle have further annoyed players
According to a report in the Independent, Tottenham Hotspur players are apparently losing patience with manager Jose Mourinho over his negative comments in interviews with media outlets.
After squandering a lead to draw 2-2 with Newcastle United on Sunday, Mourinho was asked why his side struggled to hold onto leads this season, when it has been a strength of his former sides such as Inter Milan, Chelsea and Porto. He gave the response “Same coach, different players”, which has led to some in the Spurs dressing room feeling underwhelmed by a coach that was brought in to change the mentality at the club.
This incident was the latest in an ever-growing line of Mourinho comments that haven’t gone down well, most of which seem to centre around his defenders, who he appears to have little trust in.
Davinson Sanchez, Japhet Tanganga and Joe Rodon were all wobbly against Newcastle, while Mourinho’s comments on Toby Alderweireld’s exclusion also raised questions. The Belgian was in training from Thursday to Saturday after the international break, but Mourinho told press that he only returned to training on Saturday, meaning he was left out of the Newcastle game.
The situation is once again resulting in questions over Mourinho’s future at the club. A Carabao Cup final against Manchester City is later this month and a chance to win over some fans that are losing patience by ending a 13-year wait for a trophy, but the Portuguese’s suitability is still under scrutiny.
In the recent past, Daniel Levy chose to axe Mauricio Pochettino rather than overhaul his squad in the transfer market, but with Mourinho set for a £30m compensation payout if he’s sacked, that could be a stumbling block.