Jose Mourinho has one of the most outstanding CVs in world football and his ability to win trophies makes him one of the best managers around.
The 58-year-old Portuguese will also go down as one of the very best managers of all time, having won the UEFA Champions League with Inter Milan and FC Porto. He also lifted the La Liga title with Real Madrid, the Premier League with Chelsea, and the Europa League with Manchester United.
However, he was sacked from each of his last three clubs during his third season and it was widely reported that he lost his charm and the dressing room in his final few months at those clubs due to his abrasive personality.
There are still question marks about his man-management at White Hart Lane, having criticized his players following the 2-2 draw with Newcastle. Jose Mourinho has never been reserved when it comes to public criticism of his players, and it was a case of more of the same following the full-time whistle.
During the post-match conference after the draw against Newcastle, he was asked why Tottenham have struggled to hold onto leads when his teams have been so solid defensively in the past, Mourinho responded bullishly: “Same coach, different players.
Mourinho’s excuses no longer hold Water
“The Premier League is hard and is high-level football, and when in some actions you don’t show that you belong to that high level of football, it’s difficult.
“I’m not being disrespectful to Newcastle, but I think that is a match to win, so the result is not a good one.
“If I analyze the performance, separate it from so many mistakes that lead to instability and instability leads to hope in the opposition, if I want to analyze it separate from that, I think we were good, I would say very good in some moments.
“But I cannot do it. The game belongs to every moment and I cannot separate the game from these moments of instability, and that’s the reason why we didn’t win the game.”
This is a known trend from Jose, as he has the knack for shelving the blames to his player and refusing to take responsibility as a coach for the team’s poor performances on the pitch.
The former Chelsea manager, who has been at Spurs since November 2019, expressed his frustration with his players – accusing them of lacking concentration and winning mentality.
It may be time to let Mourinho go
Results have also not greatly improved since he replaced Mauricio Pochettino, a man that led Spurs to the Champions League final in 2019 as Tottenham is currently placed 6th in the Premier League and has been eliminated from the UEFA Europa League and the F.A Cup.
One of the excuses in favour of Mourinho is that chairman, Daniel Levy hasn’t thrown the boatloads of cash for a Mourinho-style rebuild.
Some pundits also feel that things will be fine if he’s adequately supported, besides, it’s expected that a manager of Mourinho’s calibre would get it right with time.
However, other pundits feel Spurs currently need another coach, who will come in with fresh ideas and spark.
Should Tottenham be patient with Mourinho or sack him if he fails to finish in the top four?