Tottenham chief Levy has already decided on Mourinho replacement as West Ham add to woes
Tottenham: Is Jose Mourinho the right fit for club?
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Tottenham’s defeat to West Ham has piled the pressure on Jose Mourinho. The 58-year-old has overseen a torrid run of form in north London, with the Hammers worsening things on Sunday. And Daniel Levy already appears to have decided on a replacement in the form of Brendan Rodgers.
After beating Wolfsberger 4-1 in the Europa League on Thursday night, Mourinho knew his side needed to carry that form over.
But that didn’t happen, with Spurs instead slumping to another disappointing defeat.
West Ham were deserving of the three points, with David Moyes’ side claiming victory courtesy of goals from Michail Antonio and Jesse Lingard.
And, for Mourinho, it will do him no favours.
Talk of Tottenham potentially parting ways with the former Manchester United and Chelsea boss has grown steadily louder over the weeks.
It would take a fee in the region of £30million for that to happen and Mourinho, at the current moment in time, has no desire to resign.
It’s unlikely Tottenham will act just yet.
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Levy hired Mourinho because he’s a serial winner. His CV, the glory he’s achieved across all clubs over his career, will keep him in the role for now.
Levy was always obsessed with the idea of hiring the Portuguese. When it happened, even at the expense of Mauricio Pochettino, he thought he’d struck gold.
He still might have. But Mourinho looks a man out of time, a general unable to get the best from his soldiers on the battlefield.
With Spurs still in contention to win the Europa League and Carabao Cup, the 58-year-old should see out the season. Should.
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However, it was reported by Football Insider on Saturday that Levy has already earmarked Leicester boss Rodgers as the ideal candidate to replace Mourinho.
It’s claimed he’s fully sold on the Northern Irishman, who has worked wonders at the King Power Stadium ever since his appointment nearly two years ago.
The report also said that Levy’s interest has spanned years.
He was keen to hire Rodgers as a replacement for Harry Redknapp in 2012 but, after being unsuccessful, settled for Andre Villas-Boas instead.
And whether Mourinho can turn things around and keep talk of the sack at bay remains to be seen.
It is, however, looking like a tall order for the 58-year-old.
Speaking after the West Ham game, he insisted the Premier League table didn’t reflect his side’s true quality – while also admitting fans had a right to feel ‘frustrated’.
“I feel that we are not in the position in relation to our potential,” he said.
“Even if I think for a long, long time that we have problems in the team that I cannot resolve by myself as a coach.
“Our potential is higher than where we are so of course there is frustration. We should be in a better position.
“To think about a top four spot is getting very difficult. To play in the Europa League will give us a window of opportunity to get a Champions League spot by winning it. Of course, difficult, but it is possible.”
West Ham counterpart Moyes, however, was delighted.
“A great win for us. A tough opponent,” said the Scot.
“Things like possession we feel we can be better. Let’s not get carried away totally, we still have some things to do but simple things like hunger and the desire to succeed can cover other things as well.
“I think if we’d had a bit more care we could have got 2-0 up at one point but we didn’t quite do that.
“He [Soucek] is a manager’s dream. He is somebody who wants to play, really humble and enjoying being here.
“Jesse has been a very good player, we shouldn’t take that away. He has had a difficult year. He has given us something else and helped us get better.
“We have only done half a job. If we continue this way we will be close. I don’t want to be negative in any way.
“We are enjoying it but are also not going to be daft. We will keep calm and hopefully keep pushing the teams at the top.
“West Ham have always had bits where they’ve won some big games but what they want is consistency and I think we have consistency. This club badly needs a level where they are not around the bottom. This time last year you were asking me if we can avoid relegation so it is a great feeling that is gone.
“There is always a first for everything and Jose Mourinho has had great teams. He is up there with elite managers but sometimes football can get you results like it did today.”
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