Tottenham Hotspur players are becoming fed up with boss Jose Mourinho constantly calling out his players in public, according to The Telegraph.
During his post-game press conference, Mourinho replied with ‘same coach, different players’ when asked why his team were unable to hold onto leads, particularly when his teams historically have been extremely proficient at it.
This is not the first time that Mourinho has questioned the quality of the players at his disposal. Since their form dipped at the turn of the year, Mourinho has consistently offered the opinion that his defenders are not capable of performing to the standard required for a top-four finish.
Now it appears the players have had enough of Mourinho seemingly shifting the blame for several underwhelming performances and results.
This has followed confusion over Mourinho’s explanation for the absence of Toby Alderweireld, who claimed that he had missed the deadline for a Covid test. As it turns out, this was a cover for another unknown reason.
A similar pattern emerges
There used to be a time when the appointment of Jose Mourinho all but guaranteed success in the form of trophies. Now it has a very different meaning. Since his tenure at Real Madrid, a trend has appeared where Mourinho loses the confidence of the players through his often-antagonistic approach to man-management.
He challenges players publicly and privately to provoke a response, and this method was wildly successful earlier in his career at Porto, Chelsea and Inter Milan. However, the times have changed. The more successful managers understand that in an era of enhanced awareness over mental health and happiness, the softer touch is far more successful at gaining the trust of players.
Mourinho has been unable to adapt to this change in management style, and if it continues this way then it is only a matter of time until he finds himself unemployed again.