Tottenham: Mourinho denies team are in crisis
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Julian Nagelsmann is reportedly at the top of Tottenham’s list to replace Jose Mourinho, should he not arrest their current slump. Spurs have lost five out of the last six Premier League games, with their hopes of a top-four finish fading.
Speaking after the 2-1 loss against West Ham, Mourinho staunchly defended his methods, claiming they are still amongst the best in the world.
“Sometimes the results are the consequence of multiple situations in football and mine and my coaching staff’s methods are second to nobody in the world,” he said.
Asked if a team were in a crisis, he added: “I don’t know what you mean by crisis. If crisis is frustration and sadness in the dressing room, I’d say so because nobody is happy and we all showed that in this game.
“When a team fights the way the team did until the last second, trying to get a different result, it’s never a group crisis, because groups are in crisis when you’re not together in the search for better results than you have.
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“So I wouldn’t say crisis, I would say a bad, a really bad run of results. That is obvious. We’re losing too many matches.”
According to the Telegraph, Mourinho retains the support of chairman Daniel Levy, but further negative results could force his hand.
Spurs have four fixtures in the next 12 days and should performances and results not improve, Mourinho could be given the axe.
Should that occur, the report adds that RB Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann is their top choice to bring in.
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Nagelsmann is rated as one of the most exciting young coaches in the world and it is suggested that he would be open to a move to the Premier League, should it materialise.
The 33-year-old has made it clear that he would look at moves across Europe, recently commenting on flattering links with Real Madrid.
“There are definitely worse things to read,” he said of rumours to replace Zinedine Zidane last week. “But I also know that things that are written in the newspapers are not always true.”
The German reportedly turned down Los Blancos back in 2018, but admitted that he does have a career plan and will holds lofty ambitions.
“It is important to have a career plan, to make the right steps. It is true I had a phone call from Real Madrid. I was not the only one they got in touch with,” he added.
“They wanted to talk to me and get to know me and get to know my philosophy. I made the right decision, it was not that easy because Real Madrid are one of the biggest clubs.
“If they call me in the future perhaps the decision would be different, but two years ago it was the right decision. I had no time for preparation, no time to learn the language. I did not have great experience at international level.
“With Hoffenheim, we only won one continental game, so to be the next manager of Real Madrid was not the right next step. The step to go to Leipzig was better for my career.”
Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers is also believed to be on the radar, although Spurs are aware it is unlikely the Foxes will allow the Northern Irishman to leave
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