Tottenham: Mourinho confused by question about new sponsor
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Tottenham don’t have Maurizio Sarri in mind to replace Jose Mourinho, reports say. The Italian has been out of work since leaving Juventus last year. But it seems like a return to the Premier League, and London, is unlikely at the current moment in time.
Tottenham have endured a troublesome campaign under Mourinho.
They’re looking likely to miss out on a place in next season’s Champions League, currently sitting seventh in the Premier League table.
There will be no Europa League trophy to show for their efforts, with the club recently exiting the competition to Dinamo Zagreb.
And, unless they beat Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final next week, they’ll end the season without winning any silverware once again.
With Mourinho struggling, talk of Tottenham sacking him has arisen.
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They were recently linked with Sarri as a result, with the chain-smoking Italian currently available.
Yet Football London say talk of the former Chelsea and Napoli boss rocking up in north London as a replacement are ‘wide of the mark’.
While that’s the case, however, Tottenham are starting to plan for a future that doesn’t involve Mourinho being at the helm.
RB Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann is admired, though Bayern Munich could also go after the young German.
Brendan Rodgers is another who has been linked, with the Northern-Irishman working wonders over at Leicester City.
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And an outside bet could be Massimiliano Allegri, who is yet to take a job since leaving Juventus back in 2019.
Meanwhile, Mourinho recently sparked outrage on social media by making comments about his squad – insisting he’s the same manager, but the players are different.
Yet Simon Jordan has actually sided with the 58-year-old, insisting Tottenham are ‘perennial losers’.
“Let’s look at the reality of what is being alleged of Mourinho,” he said. “Someone asks him a question, he gives a factual answer.
“It’s a factual answer. Jose, what happens to teams that used to be very good at defending a lead?
“Same coach, fact. Different players, fact. You want to turn that into some sinister, macabre, pretentious observation of throwing his players under the bus.
“The same players, by the way, that he defends quite regularly, but that doesn’t get written about in quite the same flourishing style.
“We don’t see the headline saying, ‘Spurs delight’ when Mourinho is praising his players. The same players by the way that were an absolute disgrace against Dimano Zagreb.
“Suddenly now, they are furious because their coach has made a factual observation. A bunch of perennial losers that haven’t won anything, that have been knocked out of FA Cup semi-finals regularly, that got to a Champions League final and stunk the final out, that should have won the league when Leicester City won it.
“Maybe, just maybe, there should have been a change. I’m not suggesting that this constant, negative reinforcement at times of points from Mourinho is the right way to go.
“But Mourinho has won something at every single club. He has gone to Tottenham and they are not good enough!”
Mourinho, for his part, has insisted Tottenham will treat the Europa Conference League with the same respect that they give to other competitions should the club find themselves in it next season.
He told Football.London: “We would treat the Conference League] as we treat every competition.
“Every competition we try to win every match and of course we don’t. We never thought we were going to do that, but since the beginning of the season, this season, we try to treat every competition the same way.
“So I don’t see any reason not to treat the competitions with the same respect.
“If the dimension of the club and prestige of the club is bigger than let’s say the level or the prestige of any competition then I still feel it is the responsibility of the club to respect the competition and to bring to the competition probably the credit or the prestige that at that moment, the competition does not have.
“So I think it is this, you have to respect every competition you are involved in.”
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