Tottenham legend Glenn Hoddle believes Daniel Levy deserves credit for acting quickly to part company with Mauricio Pochettino last season his decision to replace the Argentine with Jose Mourinho.
However, some poor results of late have seen Spurs come under a fair deal of criticism, even though the North Londoners are still competing on all four fronts and are just four points behind league-leaders Manchester United.
Some in the media had earlier tipped Spurs to win their first league title after topping the table in late November (talkSPORT).
Hoddle has suggested that it is time that the current Tottenham squad had some silverware to show for the kind of football they have been playing in recent years and insisted that Mourinho is the man to deliver trophies to the club.
The former midfielder told The Sun: “It was a slight surprise when he (Levy) did it. Pochettino was doing a great job up to a point, but it didn’t look like silverware was coming.
“I think that was the big negative towards Tottenham, they look a good side but still haven’t won anything, that’s what other fans would have against them.
“As a club, they’ve gone through a barren period. We needed to win silverware to be successful.
“Harry Kane, whatever he does as a player for Tottenham, or Son or Dier, you want to go back in years to come with a picture on the wall with you holding a cup up.
“People are not going to say ‘do you remember those years when we got to the top four every year for three years?’.
“You want to win things, you’re a professional footballer. I think Daniel Levy has got to be applauded, he reacted quickly.
“There was a few other clubs would have been going for Jose and he reacted early and pounced.
“He knows the winning way and he does it his way. It’s not as beautiful to the eye, but it’s not a beauty competition.
“Any silverware, the cup, the league, you’ve got to be in there to win it, and that’s his mentality.
“He doesn’t care whether it’s a League Cup or Europa League. He loves silverware and he’s installing that into the players, you can see it.”
Hoddle also claimed that the profile of the current Spurs squad is a perfect fit for the kind of football that Mourinho wants to play.
The legendry midfielder added: “He really does love the squad he’s got because he’s got players who can do the defensive side of his game that he wants against the big teams.
“And he’s got players you can play on the counter like Son and Kane. He’s got the balance correct to do it that way.
“The fans at Tottenham are used to a certain style. If you’re winning Spurs fans will put up with this style, there’s no doubt about it.
“Without a crowd being in it’s helped Jose get his style across. Now they’re winning, everyone is going to buy into it.
“There will be some sticky moments this season, and that’s when this style of football might be questioned, but it’s not a beauty pageant.”
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As much as I loved Pochettino and will always value what he did for the club, I believe that Levy made the right decision to replace him with Mourinho. However, to outdo Pochettino’s legacy at Spurs, Jose will have to do a lot more than just winning the League Cup or the FA Cup, considering how close we came to winning the Premier League and the Champions League under the Argentine.
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