Gabby Agbonlahor has claimed that Jose Mourinho runs the risk of losing the Tottenham dressing room if he does not change his confrontational methods.
If reports are to be believed, the relationship between Mourinho and some Tottenham stars has become strained over the last few days.
The Spurs boss said after Tottenham’s 2-2 draw against Newcastle that Toby Alderweireld did not return from international duty in time to get tested for COVID and train with the squad.
However, reports indicate that the Belgian did arrive back at Hotspur Way on Wednesday afternoon and trained with the squad for the next three days ahead of Spurs’ trip to St James’ Park.
It has been rumoured that Alderweireld feels that the Tottenham boss attacked him for no reason and thus wants out of the club in the summer.
Mourinho also seemed to lay the blame at the feet of the players for their tendency to throw away leads this season.
The Telegraph has claimed that the Spurs boss’ post-match comments have not been received well by the players, who feel that the Portuguese coach is shifting blame for the team’s poor results.
Agbonlahor remarked that Mourinho has already butted heads with the likes of Dele Alli, Gareth Bale, Serge Aurier and Matt Doherty and suggested that more players could down tools if the 58-year-old does not change his ways.
The former Aston Villa striker told Football Insider: “You can already see there’s friction between him and Dele Alli, him and Gareth Bale, him and Serge Aurier, him and Matt Doherty, him and other players.
“For me, you can’t do that in this era. You can’t come out and criticise your players. Players won’t take it.
“What they’ll do is wait for him to be sacked and perform under a new manager. He has to be very careful.
“I’m sure Daniel Levy will have his eye on it as well.
“Jose Mourinho is playing a very dangerous game. You’re going into the last 10 games of the season and the League Cup final. You can’t be upsetting your players.”
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It is not possible for a manager to please everybody and it would be understandable if Mourinho has lost the likes of Dele, Winks and Doherty, who have not featured much recently.
However, it still appears as if Jose has the trust of the leaders in the dressing room like Lloris, Kane and Hojbjerg. However, that likely will not last if results continue to deteriorate.
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