Jamie Carragher has put the brakes on some of the positivity that has greeted Jose Mourinho’s appointment as Tottenham manager by pinpointing a major flaw facing the Portuguese firebrand.
The 56-year-old has been named as Mauricio Pochettino’s successor, signing a three-and-a-half-year deal at the north London club.
Mourinho met his new squad following his hasty appointment, which was announced less than 12 hours after Pochettino was fired, on Wednesday and then took training ahead of his first game in charge at West Ham on Saturday.
The Portuguese, who has been out of work since losing his job at Manchester United last December, inherits a squad that are languishing in the bottom half of the Premier League, having taken 14 points from their 12 games.
They are 11 points off the top four and while Mourinho stopped short of saying Spurs could bridge that gap, he promised they would be in a better position once he gets going.
Sky Sports pundit Carragher, however, has often been a fierce critic of Mourinho’s style of football and isn’t altogether convinced his approach to the game will go down well with supporters of the club, who have been used to a particular brand over the years.
“Tottenham are known for playing a certain way, similar to what Manchester United supporters spoke about when Jose got the job there,” he told Sky Sports.
“So that could be a problem for him going forward if it’s a similar type of football he produced at Manchester United.
“But Jose has his way of doing things. He’s not going to change for Tottenham. They’ve brought Jose Mourinho as they feel he can bring trophies and he’ll do it his way.
“I don’t think the position Spurs are in in the league has got anything to do with how Jose will set up and play his football.”