Jamie O’Hara believes new Tottenham boss Antonio Conte needs a clear out of his squad after Thursday’s shock 2-1 defeat in the Europa Conference League.
There was no holding back from former midfielder O’Hara, who was summarising the game for Sky Sports News. Tottenham slumped to “an embarrassing” away defeat to Slovenian outfit NS Mura. And nobody escaped criticism as O’Hara described the outing, in front of new boss Antonio Conte, as “a disgrace”.
Conte made nine changes to his side for the Europa Conference League game.
England captain Harry Kane and Japhet Tanganga were the only two players who also started against Leeds on Sunday. And even though they were reduced to 10 men just after the half-hour when Ryan Sessegnon was sent off, Spurs should still have had enough to see off opposition who had lost their previous four games in the competition and are mid-table in the Slovenian league.
Conte said afterwards: “After three weeks I am starting to understand the situation. It is not simple. At this moment the level at Tottenham is not so high.”
But O’Hara, 35, who appeared for Spurs 56 times, was not do diplomatic.
“It’s been an embarrassing performance, shocking on every level. These are a Slovenia top flight side and I would expect a National League team to give these a game,” he told Sky Sports.
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‘Not one player deserves credit’
“It’s been a disgrace. And some of the players, and I will name them Matt Doherty, Tanguy Ndombele, Dele Alli and Davinson Sanchez were shocking. They should be ashamed of their performance and should not wear a Spurs shirt again.
“Not one player on the pitch deserves any credit for their performance.
“If Conte needs to go in and make big changes, get them out of the club. Get rid of them. Get them off the wage bill, we don’t want them there. It’s been pathetic. Not good enough, not fit enough and not got the determination and desire to wear a Spurs shirt.
“We’ve got players here, Ndombele, we paid £60m for him. Sanchez £40m, Ryan Sessegnon £30m, Doherty £15m. We’re talking about £100m worth of players putting in a performance like that against NS Mura, it’s embarrassing.
“Conte has got to do something, and he’s got to do it quickly. How many managers have they seen off?
“Pochettino, Mourinho, Nuno Espirito Santo. Do you think Antonio Conte is going to stand for that? Get them out of the club, get them out on loan, do whatever you need to do, because that was nowhere near good enough.”