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Daniel Levy in the firing line as pundit launches scathing Tottenham attack with just one player spared the rod

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Jamie O’Hara believes the current Tottenham side is shambolic and feels there needs to be a total clear out at the club from top to bottom.

Spurs had an excellent chance to move back into the top four with Saturday’s home game against Bournemouth. Newcastle suffered their first league defeat since March 4 when going down 3-0 away to Aston Villa. And so the scene was set for the north Londoners to put down a marker for the end of season run-in.

Son Heung-min gave the hosts the perfect start when netting in the 14th minute. However, far from pushing on, Spurs found themselves 2-1 behind early in the second period.

Matias Vina and Dominic Solanke found the net for the Cherries but Arnaut Danjuma looked to have rescued a point for the Lilywhites.

However, substitute Dango Ouattara notched an injury-time winner to ensure the points went back to the south coast.

Bournemouth moved six points clear of the relegation zone while Cristian Stellini’s men remained fifth.

There was a toxic atmosphere after the match and O’Hara pulled no punches in his assessment of the situation.

“It’s a shambles,” he said on talkSPORT. “I’m watching this game today and there’s no fight, there’s no hunger, there’s no real determination to win it.

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“Newcastle got pumped today, Manchester United have lost Lisandro Martinez, Raphael Varane and Marcus Rashford, Bruno Fernandes gets sent off, all of a sudden it looks like it’s going wrong for them – I thought today, ‘Spurs could nick this, we can get in there.

“But did I see anything from Spurs today that warranted being in the top-four? Absolutely no chance.”

O’Hara demands sweeping Tottenham changes

Spurs are now three points behind fourth-placed Manchester United but the Red Devils have played two games fewer.

They take on Nottingham Forest on Sunday and victory would see them in pole position for Champions League qualification.

The capital outfit have taken just five points from their last four games and are stuttering at the wrong time.

But O’Hara is adamant there are deeper problems at the club and feels the situation calls for drastic measures.

“Get rid of them. Get rid of the lot of them,” he added. “I’ve said it for ages and I keep getting stick from people at Spurs when I say it – get rid of the lot of them.

“The staff, the players, the dead wood. Start again, rebuild, change the mentality.

“And if Daniel Levy isn’t prepared to change his mentality, he needs to do one as well.”

Spurs mentality called into question

O’Hara made 56 appearances for Tottenham. He played in a team with a number of superstars.

But the 36-year-old feels there is no comparison between the work ethic of his era and the current Spurs squad.

“It’s a weak, soft mentality. They’re a bunch of losers,” he continued. “The team I played in when I was at Tottenham, we weren’t Man United and we weren’t competing with them, but we were a good team.

“We had winners, people who wanted to win. All right, we won one trophy, the League Cup, but we were getting there.

“We had Gareth Bale, Luka Modric, Ledley King, Michael Dawson, Jermain Defoe, Robbie Keane – people who wanted to win every game.

“They were all at it. Robbie Keane didn’t let you have one second off, not even in training, but I look at this team now and I don’t see it.

“We’ve got Harry Kane and he’s world class, but I look at the rest of them and think, ‘Do you really want to win?’ They look like they don’t even care.”

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