Jermaine Jenas fears Jose Mourinho may be ‘left out to dry’ at Tottenham amid a lack of necessary support to challenge for major honors.
After nearly a year on the sidelines, Mourinho returned to management last November by replacing the ousted Mauricio Pochettino as the new Tottenham boss.
Joining the Lilywhites was a surprising move for Mourinho. The club doesn’t boast the near-limitless funds he enjoyed at Chelsea and Real Madrid, nor do titles regularly come their way. Hence, this was always going to be a challenge.
Despite doubts over his philosophy and ability to extract the best out of Harry Kane, however, Mourinho led Spurs to a respectable sixth-place finish in the Premier League. Considering they were 14th when he joined, it was a decent start overall.
But the hard work has perhaps only just begun for Mourinho now. He may have dragged Spurs into the Europa League, but signing his type of player will be a must this summer. The problem is how much backing can he expect from the board? Judging from Jenas’ verdict, not much at all…
The ex-Spurs midfielder told the Daily Mail: “It’s going to be really frustrating I think for Mourinho next year because he’s going to be the one left out to dry I think.
“Essentially, he needs players and they are a team that I don’t see getting in the top four right now.
“They’re not better than Wolves, they’re about on par with Arsenal but actually I see what [Mikel] Arteta is doing and I think that he is just ahead of what Mourinho is doing with his team. I don’t see it being a very pretty season for Jose or Tottenham at all.”
Tottenham were 14th when Jose Mourinho took over
Today, they qualified for the Europa League
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Mourinho has never stayed long term at a club throughout his career, mostly staying put for around only 2-3 years.
Although the Portuguese coach has suggested that he’s in it at Spurs for the long run in the past.
“I’d like to think he will,” Jenas said on whether Mourinho will be in the Spurs dugout at the end of next season.
“I’m pretty sick of managers getting put in situations where everything is kind of against them and I think Tottenham is one of the clubs that do that in a way.
“If you look at what Pochettino did for that football club, to not back him at a time when he needed to be back seemed like a ludicrous decision.
“The team needed refreshing, they didn’t refresh it and off the back of it there was huge frustration from Poch and the team basically continued, even though they got to the Champions League final they lost 13 league games. It continued its form into this season which was poor.
“No managers walk anymore because there’s too much money involved, but obviously Jose has come in and taken the job so I would presume there were conversations that there would be an investment.
“Granted, no one could have the pandemic and there was a new stadium and with that, Spurs are probably one of the richest clubs in Europe I think with the amount they make from people coming to games.
“I’m sure Daniel [Levy] will have said ‘this is the project, here’s gonna be the money’, but I’m also sure he’s now gonna come up with an excuse to say ‘there is no money so deal with it’.
“In my opinion, I will feel Jose’s frustration and have sympathy for him because his hands are tied.”