Mourinho told to ditch ‘shambolic’ Tottenham duo to save his job

Date published: Monday 22nd February 2021 8:29 - Rob McCarthy

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Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has been told to sell two first-team regulars, while Jamie O’Hara also claims that the Portuguese is not responsible for the club’s current crisis.

The 58-year-old is under mounting pressure in north London following the club’s 2-1 defeat to London rivals West Ham on Sunday.

But O’Hara has jumped to his defence. He opted to single out centre-back duo Eric Dier and Davinson Sanchez for criticism instead.

Things looked rosy after the 4-1 thrashing of Wolfsberger in the Europa League on Thursday.

But David Moyes got the better of Mourinho for the first time in his managerial career, as Spurs suffered a fifth defeat in six league outings.

There were many calls for Mourinho to be shown the door in the aftermath of the result.

However, O’Hara thinks that would be the wrong way to go.

“It’s getting embarrassing, isn’t it,” he told talkSPORT. “We should be turning West Ham over!

“Don’t think we’re going to win anything this season. I think we’ll end up trophyless again.

“Looking at the team, the back-four is just an absolute shambles. I don’t know why Jose keeps playing [Davinson] Sanchez and [Eric] Dier because it’s probably one of the worst partnerships in the Premier League!

“[Japhet] Tanganga plays right-back, but he takes him off and puts [Matt] Doherty there, he’s played [Moussa] Sissoko at right-back, [Serge] Aurier, he just doesn’t know the team.

“The only player you’d say deserves to play in that back-four is [Sergio] Reguilon. I really like him, he’s decent.”

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Hapless duo have to be sold

O’Hara also urged Tottenham to sell hapless duo Dier and Sanchez.

“Get rid of them!” he continued when asked how he would solve his old club’s defensive woes.

“Dier is an alright player but as a centre-half he just looks lost around the box.

“In my opinion he needs to be dropped. I would play Tanganga and Ben Davies at centre-half, play Reguilon on the left and Doherty at right-back.

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“Ben Davies is decent on the ball and has got pace, Tanganaga has got pace as well. I think that’s the biggest thing we lack at the back, pace. We just get exposed all the time.”

O’Hara has wants Tottenham to back Mourinho in the summer transfer window. He believes the former Manchester United boss can turn things around if he makes his own signings.

“I think we’re in a player crisis in terms of the players aren’t good enough,” O’Hara added.

“We can sit here and blame the manager for the results and talk about where we should be with a manager like Mourinho. But the players ain’t good enough and he hasn’t been given the money to go and get the players he really needs.

“The whole back-four is not good enough! He needs two new centre-backs, proper decent centre-backs you can rely on and build a partnership around, instead of changing it every week because they keep making mistakes.

“So in terms of a crisis, yes there is one, but not with him. I don’t think it’s, ‘let’s get Mourinho out the door’, I don’t think that’s the case yet.”

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