Pundit claims that Tottenham are under more scrutiny due to Mourinho appointment

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Former Sunderland striker, Kevin Phillips, believes that Tottenham Hotspur are being scrutinised more than in the past partly because of Jose Mourinho’s appointment.

Tottenham were one of the first clubs in the Premier League to announce that they planned to furlough non-playing staff and deduct their wages by 20 per cent, a decision that they have since reversed after coming under public scrutiny.

It has been reported that the Lilywhites will be one of the worst affected clubs if Premier League games are to be played behind closed doors due to their high matchday income (Football Insider).

There has also been a lot of speculation over a new naming rights deal for the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium with the club said to be in the process of negotiation a world-record £250 million deal with Amazon (Daily Mail).

Phillips thinks that Spurs have gone through an image crisis in recent months, but acknowledged that the club deserved credit for reversing their furlough decision.

When asked about the negative press that the North Londoners have got recently, Phillips told Football Insider: “They have been more talked about.

“It is a combination of getting to the Champions League final and moving into the new stadium – one of the best stadiums in the world.

“There was a lot of criticism for their furloughing of their staff but they reversed the decision and you have to give credit. They held their hands up and admitted they were wrong and they deserve credit for that.

“Tottenham are under the public spotlight now because of that and of course, having Mourinho in charge. What has happened on the pitch this year has not helped.”

Spurs Web Opinion

Our profile has certainly gone up due to our improvement on and off the pitch in the last five or six years. The appointment of Jose Mourinho was also always going to bring more attention to us.

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