Mourinho’s Spurs reign already unravelling… but Poch and Levy are to blame

first_imgJOSE MOURINHO’S reign at Tottenham is unravelling after just four months.Ropey recruitment and injuries to key stars have resulted in poor performances and results, compounded by ill-discipline and a blatant lack of leadership throughout the club.2 Spurs chief Jose Mourinho has made mistakes but predecessor Mauricio Pochettino is at fault over the lack of discipline from players2 Tottenham are on a downward spiral that will test the ability of manager Jose Mourinho to get a grip of the  squadCredit: ReutersThere is no doubt the Special One has suffered injury misfortune since taking charge in November.Harry Kane and Moussa Sissoko have not played since New Year’s Day, while Son Heung-min has been out with a broken arm suffered at Aston Villa last month.This left Mourinho without a recognised striker and Spurs have failed to win any of their four matches since.The Spurs chief has every right to moan about his bad luck — and has never wasted an opportunity to do so.But for all the sympathy, Mourinho does not help himself with his team selections.For example, after leaving his best defender Toby Alderweireld on the bench for the 3-2 defeat at home to Wolves on Sunday, he did so again for the miserable FA Cup penalties defeat to Norwich.Even more bizarrely, third-choice keeper Michel Vorm was handed his first start for 18 months in the wake of skipper Hugo Lloris’ groin injury — despite understudy Paulo Gazzaniga needing game time.Pochettino’s legacy has not been a Champions League final appearance but a squad who believe they were good enough to win it and were not.The gamble backfired as Vorm’s gaffe gifted Josip Drnic’s equaliser.And that led to extra-time and penalties where Gazzaniga, regarded as the club’s best spot-kick saver, would surely have excelled.You must prepare to fail if you fail to prepare like Mourinho clearly did.At the end of extra-time, while Norwich keeper Tim Krul watched footage of Tottenham’s takers on a tablet, the Portuguese summoned his players and anybody in a club shop tracksuit or coat to huddle around while he appeared to finalise his list of shootout takers.The fact Troy Parrott and Gedson Fernandes, 18 and 21 respectively, were allowed to take kicks is an indictment on where Tottenham are at right now.Mourinho and senior stars, like Jan Vertonghen and Serge Aurier, should hang their heads in shame. Norwich did not win because they were the better team, they were the better prepared.SPURS NEWS LIVE: Follow for the latest news on SpursEric Dier’s decision to climb 20 rows of stairs in the stand to confront a fan arguing with his brother is being painted in a rose-tinted shade by some who say they understand the player for sticking up for his sibling.Despite it by no means being an Eric Cantona situation, it means Dier will probably join team-mate Dele Alli on the FA’s charge sheet.Neither are that big a deal but, following Lloris’ drink-drive conviction, it is yet another example of Tottenham stars going off the rails and becoming a law unto themselves.You cannot blame Mourinho for this, or many other problems now blighting Spurs.For that you must look below him, above him and behind him.[pod_component pod_component_config_id=”tbXo0vxhe” pod_component_config_url=”” pod_component_config_loader_url=”″ src=””]The main reason Spurs do not have any discipline or self-control is because previous boss Mauricio Pochettino treated the players like his mates.Poch laid down the law at times — like when Andros Townsend refused to obey fitness coach Nathan Gardiner’s instructions to do a post-match warm-down.But that is because getting rid of Townsend suited Poch.Whenever Dele stepped out of line, the previous manager would chuckle and dismiss it as the England midfielder being a cheeky devil.The Argentine’s legacy at Spurs has not been a Champions League final appearance but a squad of players who believe they were good enough to win it and were not.The finger for the crisis also needs to be pointed upstairs because Mourinho is still paying for Daniel Levy’s failure to make a single signing in the previous season.MAKE YOUR DEBUT Bet £5 get £20 in free bets for new customers at LadbrokesThe chairman believed he could secure Champions League football on the cheap, while the new stadium had to be paid for.He could not and it is the reason Mourinho’s squad is looking too dated and thin now.Tottenham’s recruitment has to be questioned after players they did sign flopped.Tanguy Ndombele, a club record £65million signing, looks unfit.Maybe the reason he cost so much was that Spurs paid for him by the kilo!most read in footballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticYet Mourinho still claims the squad does not need overhauling, which is really concerning.If Tottenham lose at Burnley tomorrow their season will be all but over.And if Mourinho manages to turn it around, he really will be special.Tottenham fan’s extraordinary eyewitness account of Eric Dier row in stands says ‘he lost plot, he was like Incredible Hulk’last_img

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