Talk of sacking Jose Mourinho seems very premature, though it appears that pressure from the media is starting to build on the Tottenham Hotspur boss.
According to the Daily Mail, ‘pressure is starting to mount’ on the 58-year-old following the 1-0 defeat to Brighton on Sunday night.
Spurs were atop the Premier League table in the middle of December but after a lifeless run of two wins in nine outings, their chances of making the top four are in tatters, let alone the idea of them contending for the title.
Mourinho, of Chelsea stardom, was always going to be a marmite appointment from Daniel Levy given his history and style of management. Indeed, you’ll rarely find a Spurs fan sitting on the fence over whether or not he should be in charge of the Lilywhites.
Across their last two outings alone, back-to-back defeats against the Seagulls and defending champions Liverpool, the squad have failed to combine for an xG of over 0.47, as per Understat.
By comparison, Harry Kane on his own is managing a 0.58 xG per 90.
Rotten form, a dull brand of football and scapegoats aplenty. It’s no wonder some murmurings over the suitability of the one-time ‘Special One’ have started to creep in.
And this was the topic of discussion on the ‘Last Word On Spurs’ podcast earlier this week.
Regular contributor and journalist John Wenham put forward the idea of the club appointing current Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers as a potential successor to Mourinho. He said (via This is Futbol):
“For me – I’m not saying sack the manager – but if I was, he would certainly be the man I’d go for. I think on limited resources, he buys extremely well and I just think he’d fit into the ethos of Tottenham Hotspur in terms of how he works in the transfer market.”
It’s far too early to be sacking Mourinho, after all, they remain in all cup competitions and have a Carabao Cup final on the horizon, but it is an interesting point to consider as ultimately, he’s been brought in to end that run of one major trophy in 21 years.
If he fails to do that, then why shouldn’t he face the axe?
In Rodgers, they’d be getting a very Mauricio Pochettino-esque appointment, and that would suit Daniel Levy right down to the ground. As Wenham suggests, he’s astute in the transfer market on a tight budget, just like the Argentine.
Whilst at the helm, Spurs went 517 days without making a signing, and he still got them to the Champions League final. His reward? A sacking in the November after and firm backing to Mourinho in the transfer market.
For Rodgers, the current Spurs boss was a bit of a mentor in his early coaching career, and that’s come full circle.
“Anything he’s doing in his career is not a surprise for me, not at all. He’s very talented, he was and probably still is a guy who likes to study, learn and improve. He’s creative, he knows what he wants. He’s a very good coach. Period,” lauded Mourinho only last month.
Like Pochettino with Southampton, Rodgers has been tried and tested in the Premier League too with spells across both Liverpool and the Foxes.
If Mourinho were to face the axe anytime soon, then there can’t be a better candidate out there.
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