Opinion: Is the Carabao Cup enough to save Mourinho’s job?

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Tottenham’s season has been nothing short of disappointing for the fans, players and board alike.

When you appoint one of the greatest managers of all time, expectations were always going to be high. However, Jose has not delivered. The aim for the coach was to bring trophies to N17, therefore, would winning the Carabao Cup be enough to save his job? 

At the end of the international break, Spurs sat sixth in the table, three points from fourth and now have a chance to overtake Chelsea with a win over Newcastle tomorrow.

Considering the Lilywhites were top of the league in December, this is extremely disappointing. There is no doubt that Spurs could grab a top-four spot away from the likes of Chelsea or Leicester, but it will still be a very tough ask.

Therefore, the Carabao Cup Final on the 25th of April is vital for the club. The opportunity to win a trophy for the first time since 2008 cannot be underestimated.

We may be facing the best team in England, Man City; however, anything is possible at Wembley. Despite this, even if we do win, I believe it would not be enough to keep Jose in the job. 

A trophy may be seen as a necessity for the fans; however, I believe the owners will see the top four as a bigger priority. The money earned from qualifying for the Champions League is vital so that the club can progress further.

Clubs in the group stage earn a guaranteed 15 million Euros. Meanwhile, reaching the round of 16 earns the club an extra 9.5 million Euros (CITY A.M) and so forth. This is why it is imperative for clubs to reach the ‘holy ground’.

Furthermore, Champions League football gives the club an opportunity to lure world class players to Hotspur Way. The best players want to play in the biggest games, so giving them that opportunity is vital.

This is why I think only a top four finish will keep Jose his job, especially considering the backlash he is facing from fans at the moment.  

If we did win the Carabao Cup, we would qualify for the newly founded UEFA Europa Conference League (BBC). This is UEFA’s third tier tournament for the lesser clubs, something that we would prefer to not be in.

The money earned from winning the cup compared to top four is a huge gulf. Yes, it would end our trophy drought, but it would not lure the better players to N17, whilst Champions League football would.  

Our style of football under Jose has been boring and lacks creativity compared to the play under Pochettino. Many fans have not been pleased by it, and this may force the board into changing ship.

It’s been rumoured that Julian Nagelsmann would be interested in joining Spurs (Express) and, considering he is one of the best young managers in the world, Tottenham may have to take their chance now. 

I fully hope that Spurs can win the cup AND get top four so that Jose can succeed at N17. No fan wants to see the club fail, however, if we don’t get Champions League football, I can see no other option other than to sack the Special One even if we do win at Wembley.  

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