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Dimitar Berbatov warns Spurs to steer clear of Jose Mourinho

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Dimitar Berbatov thinks Spurs would be better off giving Jose Mourinho a miss in favour of staying patient with Mauricio Pochettino.

For the first time in his five years in north London, Pochettino finds himself in the firing line following Spurs’ poor start to the season. It’s prompted talk of a possible surprise move for Mourinho, who is allegedly keeping tabs on the situation.

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas fueled the speculation by announcing Mourinho has already picked his next club after rejecting an offer to take charge of the Ligue 1 giants earlier this week.

Meanwhile, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s struggles at Manchester United have caused reports to link Pochettino with an Old Trafford move.

But Berbatov, who scored 46 goals in 102 appearances for Spurs, hopes his old club stick with their current manager Pochettino.

“There has been a lot of talk about Jose Mourinho taking over at Spurs,” the ex-striker told Betfair.

“As a coach that has been there at the top of his game for so long and has been in every kind of situation, I think he could have the answers for some of the difficulties Spurs are facing. But would he make them better?

“I don’t know because it is the same team, yes you can have a bit of a lift in the beginning, like Manchester United did when Solskjaer came in, but then you need to keep going, otherwise you are going to slip into a spiral.”

The ex-Spurs man added: “For me though, Pochettino needs to stay there, he’s been there for a long time.

“I remember Sir Alex Ferguson telling us a team needs to be changed when four years passes, not the whole team, but some players.

“After four years, some players start to get complacent and they aren’t challenged anymore, they are in with the manager and they are comfortable, so a manager needs to shake things up and bring in new players.

“This could be the case with Spurs, a lot of the players have been there a long time and maybe they need to shake things up and try to push the players in a way.”

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LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 01: Mauricio Pochettino, Manager of Tottenham Hotspur looks prior to the UEFA Champions League group B match between Tottenham Hotspur and Bayern Muenchen at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on October 01, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)