Tottenham Hotspur right-back Matt Doherty believes that judging Jose Mourinho’s coaching on the basis of 18 months of outcome was a harsh call by the club.
“The manager is always the one to lose his job, but as players, we were the ones on the pitch and we weren’t able to get the results for him, which was a shame because he’s one of the best managers ever,” the Irishman said in a recent interview.
He was happy to have been a regular starter, playing the majority of Premier League games under the Special One before COVID-19 forced him out of the last few games of the season.
He said: “I definitely got a fair crack of the whip. I still played 25, 26, 27 games – that’s a lot of games in a season, so I definitely got a fair crack.”
“I had a great relationship with him. He was my neighbour for the whole year, so the relationship was fine. He was a great guy, but unfortunately, these things happen in football.”
Spurs finished seventh in the Premier League this season, accumulating 62 points with a 23 goal difference. In the Europa League, the English club was handed an early exit Dinamo Zagreb, who made a remarkable comeback in the second league to beat Spurs 3-2 on aggregate.
Spurs let a 2-0 advantage get away, conceding three goals in the next encounter. It is fair to say that Mourinho did not have the best ride at White Hart Lane.
Nonetheless, Doherty, who joined Spurs from Wolverhampton in 2020, feels that it was too early to gauge the Special One’s coaching at the club.
“He was only there for 18 months. If it was three or four years, it could be a different conversation, but we just weren’t getting the results for him,” the 29-year-old defender remarked.
Conte no longer likely to become Spurs boss
The latest news surrounding the managerial vacancy at Spurs is that Antonio Conte is no longer likely to succeed Jose Mourinho.
The Italian coach was expected to come to White Hart Lane after leaving his job at Inter Milan following a fallout with the club’s management. Conte left Inter despite a successful season due to the club’s demand of cutting the budget by shuffling the players.
Conte reportedly did not like the management’s idea of intervening with his job of which players to keep and let go. Hence, after the team stressed selling some players due to financial constraints, Conte walked out.
This leaves the PL side still looking for a new boss, nearly seven weeks after letting Mourinho go.
Julian Nagelsmann and Brendan Rodgers are linked to the job as well. Nagelsmann is with Bayern Munich, whereas Rodgers is determined to stay at Leicester City after a decent campaign this year.
The club tried to reportedly bring Mauricio Pochettino back from PSG, but the manager turned it down.