Former Tottenham star Andros Townsend told talkSPORT he believes Jose Mourinho did not lose the dressing room before he was sacked.
The Portuguese was dismissed from his post on Monday after poor form in 2021, with Ryan Mason replacing him until the end of the current season.
Mourinho’s time with the club has been full of ups and downs with Spurs leading the Premier League table in December, as he also oversaw a huge 6-1 win over Manchester United.
Poor performances, an embarrassing exit from the Europa League at the hands of Dinamo Zagreb and the continuous drop in points from the winning positions led to his demise in N17.
The underutilization of Dele Alli, Gareth Bale and Steven Bergwijn has puzzled many, as has his constant defensive rotation and criticism of his players.
But Townsend, who left Spurs in 2016, believes talking about losing Mourinho in the dressing room seems incorrect given the reaction from some players at the club.
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Harry Kane, Heung-Min Son and Lucas Moura were among those who posted tributes to Mourinho for helping them during their time together, as were a host of starlets, including wonders Alfie Devine and Dane Scarlett.
And Townsend believes any discussion of the atmosphere in the locker room behind his dismissal doesn’t seem fair, and instead accused the media of creating a negative perception of the manager.
He told talkSPORT: “Obviously I’ve never worked with him so I can’t speak from experience, but I think it’s largely a media story.
“Much of the media is creating a narrative around Jose Mourinho that makes it look like he’s lost the locker room because he speaks frankly, he’s on point. He doesn’t mince words in public or in the locker room.
“I have already said it. There is always this story around Jose Mourinho where if he loses a few games, if he has a few rants in the media, he suddenly lost the locker room.
“I think you’ve seen two of his best players [Kane and Son] came out and tweeted him so he obviously didn’t lose the locker room if his two main players were still on board and still fighting for him and disappointed to see him go.