Tottenham: Jose Mourinho reacts to Zagreb defeat
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Tottenham are already working on Jose Mourinho’s replacement should he fail to meet Daniel Levy’s end-of-season expectations, according to reports. Spurs had started the season in good form and were even seen as surprise title contenders with both Harry Kane and Son Heung-min putting in excellent displays.
Results took a turn for the worse in the league over Christmas though with Tottenham dropping down to eighth in the table.
They were also knocked out of the FA Cup at the hands of Everton in February but pressure is now mounting on Mourinho even more with Spurs exiting the Europa League on Thursday.
Spurs held a 2-0 advantage over Dinamo Zagreb going into the second leg and were strong favourites to advance.
They missed a number of good opportunities to extend their lead in the first half but with the Croatian side also failing to score, it looked as though Tottenham would still progress to the quarter-finals.
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But disaster struck in the second half as Mislav Orsic scored twice to force extra time and he completed his hat-trick to spark wild celebrations on the home bench.
Tottenham failed to find a way back into the tie as the final whistle blew, with Mourinho cutting a frustrated figure on the sidelines.
However, the Europa League defeat clearly also didn’t sit well with Tottenham’s hierarchy.
According to the Daily Mail, Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is ready to axe Mourinho this summer should he fail to qualify for the Champions League next season.
And it is claimed that two managers have already been identified as the preferred options to take over from Mourinho.
The report states that Red Bull Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann is the favoured target to replace the Portuguese coach.
Leicester’s Brendan Rodgers is also said to be on their list, but there is concern on how much it would cost to buy him out of his current contract.
That puts Naglesmann as the strongest contender to take over and it is suggested the German coach would be available for half the price of Mourinho’s current deal.
While Tottenham sit eighth in the table, they’re still very much in the race for a top-four finish.
There are just six points separating them from Chelsea who currently occupy the final Champions League spot.
And they can cut that deficit in half this weekend as they face Aston Villa on Sunday.
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