Danny Murphy claims potential Mourinho-replacement would turn Spurs down

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Dom Le Roy

Danny Murphy has claimed that Brendan Rogers is not likely to leave Leicester City to step into the Tottenham hot seat if the North Londoners target him as Jose Mourinho’s replacement.

The pressure on Mourinho has grown substantially after Tottenham produced one of their poorest performances of the season on Thursday and found themselves being knocked out of the Europa League by Dinamo Zagreb.

Multiple reports (Telegraph and Daily Mail) claim that Mourinho will be sacked if Tottenham do not finish in the top four this season.

It has been revealed that Rodgers and RB Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann are the two candidates at the top of Spurs’ wishlist to replace the Portuguese coach.

However, Muphy insisted that Rodgers would not consider the Tottenham job since the Lilywhites are a long way behind the current Leicester side.

The former Spurs midfielder wrote in his Daily Mail column: “I said at the time Everton had missed a trick by choosing Marco Silva rather than Rodgers.

“Now there aren’t many clubs he’d leave Leicester for. There are some jobs you can’t turn down but I wouldn’t see Spurs as one of them.

“He’d need to spend a year or two sorting out some of their problems even to get to the levels Leicester are at now.”

Murphy also admitted that he felt sorry for Mourinho on the back of Tottenham’s showing at Zagreb on Thursday, calling out Tottenham’s senior players for not taking more responsibility.

He added: “I’m not a natural fan of Jose Mourinho’s tactics but I felt sorry for him on this occasion because the players let the club down.

“There were poor decisions and little communication. Hugo Lloris kept playing out from the back on a dodgy pitch.

“Why wasn’t Kane, Eric Dier or other senior pros shouting at him to be more direct?”

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I think Rodgers would likely be Daniel Levy’s number one target if Spurs decide to part ways with Mourinho at the end of the season but the Northern Irish coach is unlikely to abandon his project at Leicester for the mess he could potentially inherit at Tottenham. Nagelsmann would be a much more realistic target.

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