Dimitar Berbatov insists the Tottenham
hierarchy should not make any rash decisions regarding Jose Mourinho's
future and give him until the end of the season at least.
Initially promising results after the Portuguese replaced Mauricio
Pochettino in November have fallen away. A penalty shootout defeat to
Norwich in the FA Cup and a Champions League humbling at the hands of
Leipzig ended Spurs’ prospects of ending a 12-year trophy drought even
before the season was suspended due to coronavirus, while a three-match
winless run in the league has seen them fall further off the top-four
With much of Tottenham’s football being uninspiring even when it has
delivered results, Mourinho’s future at the club is already in doubt
despite being only four months into a three-and-half-year deal.
Yet Berbatov, who scored 46 goals in 102 appearances for Spurs and
was part of the last Tottenham team to lift a trophy in 2008, says it is
far too early to judge Mourinho – especially in light of the injuries
suffered by the likes of Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min – and reckons the
players must also take their share of the blame.
Berbatov told Betfair: "Against Leipzig, Spurs were completely
outplayed. As a Spurs fan it was difficult to watch, but are people
seriously saying Jose Mourinho should be sacked after just four months
"There’s no need to panic. The suspension to the Premier League means
Mourinho has time to think over strategies and get players back from
"I thought Mourinho was a good choice to replace Mauricio Pochettino.
I still have faith in the Portuguese and believe any head coach
deserves a full season to bring in his players and implement his
philosophy. Judge Mourinho on next season.
"The injuries to Harry Kane and others have been very unfortunate but Spurs still have quality throughout their squad.
"Sometimes I get the feeling that some players are not playing for
the team and are trying to take the glory for themselves. That can ruin
goal-scoring opportunities. Spurs should try to release the forwards
quicker on the counter-attack.
"Small details make all the difference in football and the players
have to take responsibility for results. All Mourinho can do is prepare
them because once they’re on the pitch it’s up to them.
"It’s going to be a long journey for Spurs under Mourinho and they shouldn’t give up on him yet."
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