Ex-Tottenham ace ‘can’t believe’ he’s unemployed as Newcastle run riot

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Former Tottenham defender Danny Rose questioned how he is out of a job on Sunday after watching Spurs get demolished by Newcastle United in the first half of their Premier League match-up. The Magpies ran riot early on at St James’ Park, taking a commanding 5-0 lead with just over 20 minutes on the clock.

Interim boss Cristian Stellini shook things up in the Tottenham ranks after their 3-2 defeat to Bournemouth last time out. For the first time in what seems like an eternity, the Lilywhites deviated from ex-manager Antonio Conte’s preferred back-five by selecting only four defenders.

Rose applauded the decision before kick-off, but it did not take long for it to backfire in emphatic fashion as Newcastle became the first Premier League side in well over a decade to go 3-0 up inside nine minutes.

Jacob Murphy’s brace was supplemented by Joelinton, and although the visitors held out for another 10 minutes, in-form striker Alexander Isak came up with two more quickfire goals to put Newcastle five to the good with plenty of the first half still to play.

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Analysing the match at half-time, Rose was challenged on his praise for Stellini’s tactical adjustments. “Jamie [Redknapp] told me you have to have the right personnel to play a back four so I was wrong there,” he told Sky Sports.

He went on to suggest that, despite being unattached after leaving Watford last year, he would have been good enough to sure up his former club’s wayward back-line.

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The 32-year-old continued: “There’s been so many mistakes and all I’ve been thinking all first half is how am I unemployed? To be 5-0 down after 20 minutes is unheard of for a club that are supposedly a massive club.”

Rose came through the ranks at Leeds United before joining Tottenham as a teenager, for whom he scored 10 goals in 214 appearances, including a famous volley on his debut against local rivals Arsenal. The former England star has, however, been without a club this season.

Stellini’s team talk seemed to steady the ship for Spurs as Harry Kane gave their travelling supporters a crumb of joy after the break, slotting in at the far post for his 24th league goal of the season.

Callum Wilson soon got in on the act after the coming off the bench though, netting to seal a dramatic 6-1 scoreline that tightened Newcastle’s grip on Champions League qualification and left Tottenham with serious ground to make up.

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