Under-pressure Jose Mourinho could see his tenure at Tottenham Hotspur end this summer, according to one report on Saturday.
Football.london reports “there is a growing belief within Tottenham Hotspur that Jose Mourinho will not be at the club next season”. Things have certainly turned sour in the last six months for the Portuguese boss. Spurs topped the Premier League table after 12 games this season. However, a run of poor results has since has seen them tumble down the league.
In fact since the 3-1 defeat at home to Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool on January 28, Spurs’ form would have them placed 18th in the league with only Sheffield United and Southampton having worse records.
In addition to that Tottenham exited the FA Cup in the fifth round at Everton. Then they collapsed in Croatia as they threw away a 2-0 first leg lead to lost 3-2 on aggregate at Dinamo Zagreb in the Europa League.
They could still finish the season with a trophy if they can topple Man City at Wembley next week in the Carabao Cup final. But Mourinho is hardly following the brief outlined to him when he took over in November 2019.
Levy wanted a some fresh ideas brought to a side that looked to have gone stale in the wake of the disappointment of the Champions League final defeat in Madrid.
Mourinho was asked to build on what Mauricio Pochettino had done with four top-four finishes from 2015 to 2019. But after missing out on Europe’s top table last season they look destined to miss out again.
Mourinho did pen a contract until the summer of 2023. And reports in Portugal in February claim Levy is completely against the idea of dismissing Mourinho mid season.
Mourinho on £15m a season
Given he’s one of the world’s highest-paid managers on a package worth £15m a season, firing him would not come cheap.
Indeed, trusted journalist David Ornstein also said there is no break-clause in the arrangement. That would mean that firing him would hit Tottenham seriously hard in the pocket.
Mourinho’s relationships with numerous players has also been cited as a reason why Levy may well pull the trigger. Dele Alli and Harry Winks have been jettisoned, while Gareth Bale has not played regularly.
While, the cup final could hand Mourinho a trophy. The report claims “the inability to get the club back into the top four in a season when Spurs’ pandemic-hit finances desperately needed the huge boost looks to be costly not only to the club but the head coach’s tenure”.