Tottenham Hotspur’s dismal form in recent times could spell the end of Jose Mourinho’s tenure after a number of bookies named the Portuguese boss as a favorite for the Premier League manager junkyard.
Spurs have fallen short in five of the last six Premier League games and left the FA Cup after pulling the straw in a nine-goal thriller with Everton.
That recent run was far from the form Mourinho’s side were in at the top of the table a few months ago, and led bookies to predict that he could be the next head coach in line.
The club’s 2-1 loss to London rivals West Ham on Sunday put the pressure on the under-attack Mourinho even further. Two prominent British bookmakers have cut the chances of getting a marching order from 7/2 to 23/10 – numbers that make him the favorite to be fired ahead of Steve Bruce from Newcastle and Roy Hodgson from Crystal Palace.
Failure to beat West Ham means Jose Mourinho now has the lowest percentage of league wins of any Tottenham manager since Juande Ramos.
– Daniel Storey (@ danielstorey85) February 21, 2021
Maybe Spurs need better defensive center-backs, but you are telling me Pochettino wouldn’t score 3-4 goals per game with these attackers? Mourinho sucks and has to go.
– MC DM (@mdelmuro), February 21, 2021
The contrast between Spurs’ current form and the performances that made them rivals last season is stark. Critics said that Tottenham has relied too much on the form of star duo Harry Kane and Son Hueng-min and that the team underperforms severely when the pair are not on the team – an all too familiar situation when it comes to that the injury-prone Kane.
Mourinho doesn’t think ringing alarm bells is the same now, despite having the lowest profit share of any Spurs boss since Juande Ramos, who was on the job for less than a year.
“I wouldn’t say a crisis,” said Mourinho, taking on damage control mode after chairman Daniel Levy watched West Ham’s defeat.
“I would say the results are bad – really bad. It’s obvious. We’re losing too many games.”
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In typical Mourinho fashion, he was unwilling to accept criticism from the media when asked if his coaching style had a negative impact on the team and defiantly told them that he remains one of the most productive and reliable managers in world football.
“No, not at all,” he insisted. “My methods and those of my coaching staff are unsurpassed worldwide. I think we have had problems in the team for a long time that I, as a coach, cannot solve on my own.”
Liverpool’s Jürgen Klopp still has a high profile in the layoffs. After four home defeats in a row, the club got stuck outside the Champions League places. The German, who is now fourth favorite, will lose his job in the coming weeks, which would have been unthinkable a year ago.
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