Jose Mourinho is feeling the heat at Tottenham

Jose Mourinho is feeling the heat at Tottenham after dismal run but Spurs are wary of sacking him due to HUGE severance package – despite Julian Nagelsmann and Brendan Rodgers having admirers within the club

  • Jose Mourinho’s position as Tottenham boss is under increasing scrutiny 
  • But Spurs are wary of sacking the Special One owing to the prohibitive cost
  • Daniel Levy is desperate to make a success of Mourinho’s appointment
  • But no European football next season would leave his Spurs future in doubt 
  • RB Leipzig’s Julian Nagelsmann has admirers at Spurs, as does Brendan Rodgers 

Jose Mourinho’s position as Tottenham manager is under increasing scrutiny after a dismal run — but the north London club are wary of sacking him owing to the prohibitive cost.

The team’s worrying downturn, which has seen them pick up just 12 points from their last 12 league games and crash out of the FA Cup, is now a significant cause for concern among the Spurs hierarchy.

The Portuguese’s job is not under any immediate threat, with sources claiming the club would ideally wait until the end of the season before making any decision. 

Jose Mourinho’s position as Tottenham boss is under increasing scrutiny after a dismal run

But with Tottenham’s prospects of a top-four finish looking increasingly remote, their Europa League campaign, which resumes this week, takes on huge importance.

Winning the competition would provide Spurs with a route into next season’s Champions League and end a 13-year trophy drought. They face Wolfsberger in their Europa League last-32 tie first leg on Thursday, then travel to West Ham on Sunday before the second leg against the Austrians.

The prospect of exiting Europe and losing more ground in the Premier League would increase the pressure on Mourinho.

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy wants to make a success of Mourinho’s appointment

Chairman Daniel Levy wants to make a success of his appointment and is not giving up hope the team can improve, but the cost of sacking Mourinho is a key factor for the club.

The 58-year-old, one of the world’s best-paid managers on £15million a year, would command a substantial severance package if he were to be dismissed.

Spurs have only recently stopped paying former manager Mauricio Pochettino and the cost of removing Mourinho — as well as paying for a replacement — would be enormous.

RB Leipzig’s Julian Nagelsmann has admirers at Spurs, as does Brendan Rodgers — but neither is a realistic target until the summer and getting the Northern Irishman from Leicester would be very costly.


RB Leipzig’s Julian Nagelsmann (left) has admirers at Spurs, as does Brendan Rodgers (right)

The lack of temporary options could also grant Mourinho a stay of execution. But the prospect of no European football next season — on top of the financial implications of the pandemic — would leave his future in doubt.

Fans and players have grown irritated by Mourinho’s cautious approach. The squad are generally supportive of their boss, yet there are several disillusioned players.

That is not an uncommon scenario at clubs up and down the country, but the recent treatment of Dele Alli and Gareth Bale has taken members of the squad — who grew extremely close during Pochettino’s reign — by surprise.




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