Tottenham have been told to hand Jose Mourinho time to turn around their fortunes, with one pundit urging the club not to be so hasty in considering his dismissal.
The Portuguese firebrand was brought in as a replacement for Mauricio Pochettino back in November following a disappointing run of results, but after making a bright start, the club have fallen away to leave question marks hanging over him.
In the 17 Premier League matches Spurs have played, the club has won eight, drawn three and lost six, while the London club have also been knocked out of the Champions League after a 4-0 aggregate defeat to RB Leipzig, and were also eliminated from the FA Cup after losing at home to Norwich on penalties.
Incredibly, a report earlier this month suggested Tottenham were considering bringing back Pochettino as a replacement for Mourinho so disappointing has their form been.
However, John Barnes is adamant Mourinho can turn them around and has told supporters of the two main things he needs to make his reign a success.
“It is whether the players are going to buy into his style of play, which they didn’t adjust at Chelsea and Manchester United, and it doesn’t seem to be working at this current moment in time. Unfortunately, in this day and age, if the players decide that they’re not going to buy into what the manager wants to do, then you then become not the right man.
“So, who is going to be the right man? The right man is someone who is given the trust and the belief and the support. But it’s so hard in modern football because players now have much more power.”
Assessing what Tottenham must need to achieve, the former Liverpool and Watford winger added: “To win trophies, Tottenham need to be competing competitively. Competing for the league, which they do, they’re in the top three every year, they got to the final of the Champions League which is huge for a club like Spurs.
“Mourinho has that competitive nature where he could win trophies. To be in with a chance of winning cups and trophies, you need to be able to compete at the highest level which he has done previously.”
Jenas on where Mourinho has gone wrong at Tottenham
The return to action of Harry Kane will likely give Tottenham a much-needed lift, but one of the club’s former players has cited Mourinho tendency to public lambaste his players as a key factor in where it has gone wrong for him at the club.
“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 hit out at Tottenham’s tactics, adding: “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.”