In an exclusive interview with Football FanCast, Peterborough Director of Football Barry Fry has slated Jose Mourinho’s “defensive” style, but believes the Tottenham boss will be given the season.
Mourinho’s team topped the Premier League following their north London derby win over Arsenal in December, but their campaign has taken a sudden turn for the worse in recent months, with Spurs exiting both the FA Cup and Europa League.
Tottenham did win their final match before the international break against Aston Villa, but are still three points outside the top-four, which means there’s every chance of spending another season out of the Champions League.
Three victories on the bounce earlier this month saw Mourinho’s get back on track, but their north London derby defeat and brutal European exit saw the pressure mount once again on the Portuguese.
But with a chance to end their 13-year trophy drought in next month’s Carabao Cup final, Fry reckons that Daniel Levy won’t sack Mourinho just yet.
He told Football FanCast: “I think he will probably let him see it out, they’re still in the cup final. I would like to see them win a bit of silverware, that’s why Jose Mourinho went there, but it’s a tall order against Manchester City.
“Tottenham are very exciting team when they go forward, but I think where the Spurs fans and Levy himself gets very frustrated is when Mourinho plays a bit negative, a bit defensive-minded, and it doesn’t suit the players that he’s got.
“His defence isn’t good enough and his forwards are. Tottenham are always brought up with great football, entertaining. And there’s been a few games this season where they have been pretty boring. The Tottenham fans don’t want to see their team like that.”
A top-four place is far from ruled out for Spurs, and with a chance to win silverware against Manchester City next month, it’s unlikely that Mourinho is going to be sacked any time soon.
With that in mind, Levy is better off giving him until the summer before assessing the situation.