Tottenham ‘can’t keep’ Jose Mourinho as coach if he fails to guide the club to silverware this season.
That’s according to Darren Bent, who says Julian Nagelsmann would be better suited for the role amid reports linking the club to an interest in RB Leipzig boss.
Mourinho’s future at White Hart Lane beyond the season is in the center of the gossip this week after the club lost in the London derby to West Ham and continued to slide up the Premier League table.
Leading the league and tipped for a title push in December, Tottenham are now in ninth place and risk entering the bottom half in March if their miserable run continues, after five losses in their last six matches. championship.
And Mourinho carries the weight of critics for his team’s remarkable decline.
Like many, Bent insists the ‘Special One’ was specifically introduced by Tottenham chiefs to end the club’s long wait for a trophy, after several near misses under Mauricio Pochettino.
So, the former striker said Mourinho would make his own position untenable if he didn’t do what he was appointed to do.
“I think Jose Mourinho is under a lot of pressure because it is clear that Spurs fans are not happy with what they are seeing,” Bent said on Tuesday on talkSPORT Breakfast.
“At one point they weren’t happy with the football they were seeing but tolerated it because Spurs were at the top of the table, things were going well and it seemed to be working.
“Now all of a sudden it seems to have turned out and I think he’s under tremendous pressure.
“If he goes this season without winning a trophy… if Tottenham finish ninth or tenth and don’t win a trophy, then what’s the point of bringing him back to first place?
“I know he’s already in the final against Manchester City, but with the way City are playing, you’d expect them to win.
“Pochettino finished in the top four, helped Tottenham advance to a Champions League final and they sacked him because they thought he was not the right guy to take them across the line to win a trophy.
“But if you bring in a series winner, and that’s what Jose Mourinho is, if they don’t qualify for the Champions League, don’t win the Europa League or any other trophy, I don’t think that ‘they can keep it. ! “
Nagelsmann would be Spurs’ No.1 target if they decide to remove Mourinho this season.
The 33-year-old has been dubbed a ‘mini-Mourinho’ but unlike the Portuguese he made a name for himself with his appealing attacking style of play rather than his record for trophies.
Bent believes Nagelsmann would be a positive date for his former club, although he admits the team still needs investment to improve on their weakness.
When asked if Nagelsmann would improve this current Tottenham side, he added: “Potentially.
“We know Jose Mourinho is defensive in spirit, but maybe if a new player comes and walks a little further ahead, that’s the only thing that maybe could change.
“But I still think they need to add a defensive addition or two to make them a lot stronger and a better unit, because defensively right now they’re not good enough.”