Jose Mourinho slammed for taking Tottenham backwards since being appointed boss
Jose Mourinho has been accused of taking Tottenham backwards since he was appointed Mauricio Pochettino's successor in November last year.
The former Chelsea and Manchester United boss signed a contract until the end of the 2022-23 season but things have not gone smoothly in the intervening three months.
Mourinho has won less than half his 24 games in charge, although in his defence Spurs have missed Harry Kane and Son Heung-min through injury.
And former Chelsea and Leicester striker Tony Cascarino has accused Mourinho of trying to pull the wool over Tottenham fans' eyes.
“Spurs’ form has been shocking," he told talkSPORT. “Even their two victories against Southampton and Man City, they were by chance in some ways.
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“Let’s not kid ourselves, it was no masterclass in coaching, Spurs got away with it; Man City easily could have won, and Southampton likewise.
“Tottenham fans aren’t deluded; they know their team is playing really poorly and Mourinho is trying to pull the wool over everybody’s eyes about where they are.
“This team has gone backwards, I feel. Yes, they can say, ‘we’ve got no Kane and we’ve got no Son’, but they have played in a way that is like a lower league team playing against an elite team. They’re so pragmatic, and defensive and have played so many long balls.”
Spurs lost three consecutive games before being held to a 1-1 draw by Norwich in the FA Cup.
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And having slumped to seventh in the Premier League, Cascarino reckons Mourinho is on the decline.
“I don’t see Jose as a challenging manager anymore,” added the talkSPORT pundit. “I was always very careful with the words I chose and what I said about Jose, because he could make you eat humble pie, but I don’t feel that any more.
“I don’t feel that Jose is going to surprise me. I think there are younger managers coming into the game and Mourinho has been left behind.
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“Yes he’s been very successful and he’s got all the trophies, but that’s in the past – that’s not today. Today he’s got a very average Spurs team and he’s not making them better.
“They lost against Wolves at the weekend, and if you thought who’d be the better manager for the next five years, forget the past, who would you have, Nuno or Mourinho?
“I look at Nuno and I look at Jose and I know which one will win a trophy next.”
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