Danny Mills has claimed that winning the Carabao Cup could potentially buy Jose Mourinho some time and convince the Tottenham hierachy to give him time to build on his achievements next season.

Tottenham’s elimination from the Europa League against Dinamo Zagreb has seen pressure mount on Jose Mourinho, with Champions League qualification now looking unlikely for the North Londoners.

The Daily Mail has claimed that Spurs have to finish in the top four this season for the Portuguese coach to keep his job.

The Telegraph have also suggested that winning the Carabao Cup might not be enough for the Spurs hierarchy to keep faith in the 58-year-old for next season, with the report claiming that the Tottenham boss would need a ‘miracle’.

Mills acknowledged that winning the Carabao Cup final against Manchester City would not necessarily make it a successful campaign for Spurs but he insisted that it would give something for Mourinho to build on and make a case for himself.

When asked about Mourinho’s future, the pundit told Football Insider: “I think he’ll be there until the end of the season.

“The Carabao Cup is absolutely crucial. If he wins that he can say ‘I’ve won you a trophy, that’s what I was brought in to do.’ Does that mean they’ve been successful? I think winning a Carabao Cup doesn’t mean you’ve been successful but it doesn’t mean you’ve failed. It sits in that grey area in between.

“We all know the league position and being knocked out of the Europa League at this stage is not good enough.

“But if you win that trophy you sort of go ‘Does that create a winning mentality that we can build on next year?’ If they lose that, then his job is in jeopardy.”

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However fans look it at, I believe qualifying for the Champions League has always taken priority for Daniel Levy over winning domestic cup competitions. One can certainly understand why that is as being Champions League regulars is a much better guarantee of the club’s long-term financial future which in turn ensures we are able to keep competing at the top level. So unless Spurs make up the six-point deficit to the top four, I cannot see Mourinho staying.

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