Jermaine Jenas has explained where he believes Jose Mourinho has gone wrong during his time as manager of Tottenham Hotspur amid their run of poor results.
Spurs have struggled for form under the Portuguese coach since he replaced Mauricio Pochettino last November, winning eight, drawing three and losing six of his 17 league games in charge so far.
The London club have also been knocked out of the Champions League after a 4-0 aggregate defeat to RB Leipzig, while they were also eliminated from the FA Cup after losing at home to Norwich on penalties.
That has led to questions being asked about the direction that Spurs are heading in, with the decision to appoint Mourinho receiving criticism from both fans and the media.
And Jenas, who made 155 appearances for the club between 2005 and 2013, believes that the former Manchester United and Real Madrid boss’ main mistake so far has been his negative attitude on the back of some poor results and injuries to key players.
The Daily Express quote him as saying: “What I don’t like about Jose at the minute is the negativity. I think he’s been far too negative in terms of the message he’s been sending out with the players.
“I know we’ve got injuries to Kane, I know Son’s injured and now [Steven] Bergwijn, but I think there needs to be a more positive structure going out to the players.”
Jenas also believes that a lack of identity is damaging performances, with the pundit saying he is not sure what style of football his former team are trying to play.
“I still can’t see what the team are and how they’re trying to play. Are they a passing team? Are they a pressing team? Are they a team that plays deep and tries to counter attack?”, he added.
“I don’t see from game to game, and I can’t tell you from game to game, what team he’s going to put out. He had the best part of six centre-halves playing against Burnley.”
Spurs currently find themselves in eighth place, seven points behind Chelsea in fourth, and will need to see a huge improvement in a number of areas if they are to qualify for the Champions League next season.
Meanwhile, Celtic boss Neil Lennon has dismissed rumours that Kristoffer Ajer could be set to move to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this summer.