Graham Roberts suggests why Daniel Levy had to get rid of Jose Mourinho

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Graham Roberts
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Former Tottenham Hotspur defender Graham Roberts has suggested that there may have been pressure from the players which led to the sacking of Jose Mourinho.

The Portuguese was dismissed by Daniel Levy after 17 months in charge with the club seventh in the Premier League table, having picked up two points from their past three league games, and were knocked out of the Europa League in March at the hands of Dinamo Zagreb.

The Athletic claimed that the Tottenham players were left bored and untested by Mourinho’s training sessions with only Harry Kane left loyal to the former Manchester United boss in the end.

Mourinho decided against utilising the likes of Dele Alli and Harry Winks on a regular basis, two players who were regulars under former manager Mauricio Pochettino.

Roberts believes that football has moved forward in the sense that a manager cannot upset players in modern football.

He told FootballFanCastI think there was pressure. I think it’s come inside the club as well from players, leaving players out, so I’ve got to say, when he joined, I thought he was a good appointment, I thought we would win trophies but football’s gone forward now, you can’t aggravate players, because they’re all mates.

“If you upset one or two, the next one thinks, ‘well, you’re going to upset me’.”

 

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