Ex-Chelsea man explains why Mourinho is not to blame for problems at Spurs

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Dom Le Roy

Former Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino believes the problems at Tottenham are not of Jose Mourinho’s making and that the Portuguese needs time to turn things around in North London.

Mourinho managed to breathe life back into Tottenham’s season when he replaced Mauricio Pochettino at the helm back in November.

However, the team’s form has dropped off considerably in recent weeks as Mourinho’s men have struggled to pick up results in the absence of key players.

The Spurs boss has come in for some stinging criticism for his negative approach to some games (ESPN FC) but he has maintained that his hands have been tied due to the injury problems the squad has faced (Sky Sports).

Cascarino has opined that it is harsh to be too critical of the Spurs head coach since he arrived at the club midway through the season.

He also claimed that Tottenham’s squad is unbalanced and needed wholesale changes in the summer.

In his column for The Times, Cascarino wrote: “Every time Jose Mourinho has taken over as manager since 2002 it has been before the start of the season, so historically he has always had a summer transfer window and pre-season to work with his new team.

“We talk all the time about how hard it is to get January transfers right and that applies to managers as well — he has found it really difficult to come in when the season has already gathered momentum.

“The squad has been failing for a long time — even when Harry Kane and Son Heung-min were fit — and José admitted it is completely unbalanced. Expect several players to be shown the exit in the summer.”

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Unfortunately, a section of the Spurs fan base already had their minds made up about Mourinho before he was appointed and they were just waiting for their opportunity to point out they were right. We need to get behind Mourinho and the team in what has been a difficult season until now. We can only judge his tactics and results when he’s had a preseason to get his ideas across to the squad.

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