For those who are not looking for ‘All or Nothing: Tottenham Hotspur’ spoilers from the upcoming episodes of the Amazon documentary, look away now.
While the first three episodes of Amazon’s behind the scenes documentary of Tottenham’s 2019/20 season gave fans a fascinating insight into Jose Mourinho’s man-management skills, they did not contain too many controversial moments.
However, that might be about to change in the next three episodes, which are due to come out on Monday, as reports reveal that the documentary shows an explosive showdown between Mourinho and Danny Rose.
It was rumoured just before the left-back’s loan move to Newcastle United in January that he had fallen out with the Spurs boss and it looks like there might be some truth to those reports.
The Sun has published the following transcript of an argument that took place between Mourinho and Rose in the show:
Danny Rose: “Gaffer, I was just wondering what the problem is?”
Jose Mourinho: “What do you mean by that?”
DR: “You know exactly what I mean. How I’m being treated.
“You know I was very excited when you came in as manager but if you don’t want me to play I’d rather you just tell me now and I’ll stay at home gaffer and I’ll train at home.”
JM: “No but let me try to be as open as I can with you, because I think you deserve that.
“When I arrived, you played some matches, you were on the bench for other matches, I didn’t select you for other matches.
“And I think also this is not what a player wants because a player wants to feel the trust. But also it was not a gun and the player was playing more.
“Before Liverpool, you were fantastic in training. That made me decide that in probably the most difficult game against the most difficult opponents you play. I think you didn’t play well.
“Then the next game against Middlesbrough, (Japhet) Tanganga played so well and did so strong defensively and does not make any mistakes because he is so fast and so powerful.
“I cannot say are you going to be first choice, are you going to play every match. It depends on you.”
DR: “OK, I respect what you’re saying about I didn’t play well against Liverpool, which is true. But I play once every four weeks.
“Do you want me to be Man of the Match and give my best performance when I play one game and then don’t play again for three or four weeks? The defence has kept two clean sheets, they play every game. It’s not fair.”
JM: “So who do you want me to play instead of them?”
DR: “No, you’re the manager. But you’re saying to me I was s**t against Liverpool.”
JM: “No no no no, not s**t.”
DR: “OK, I wasn’t good, it wasn’t my best game. You’re right and I respect what you say. But other people have been s**t in training, s**t in games but play every game and are in the squad every game. It’s not fair.”
JM: “That is your perspective.”
DR: “It’s facts. The whole changing room know it’s facts. Not fair. And I’m going to see Daniel (chairman Daniel Levy) as well.”
JM: “I think you are an honest guy so you should.”
The England international then explains to the camera that he was frustrated at being overlooked in favour of players who were not natural left-backs.
Rose is quoted as saying: “If I have a problem or am not happy about something, I have to be able to have an honest debate or conversation with somebody. He is a very straight talker, as am I.
“I can be a bit of a handful. There have been times I’ve said a few things in anger when we’ve lost. But it’s just how I’m programmed. I want to win.
“Obviously I do want to play every week, if possible. He’s the manager and you have to respect him because only 11 people can play and if a squad’s been assembled to have two very good players in each position, you have to realise you can’t play every game.
“So I think it’s just something you have to come to terms with when you get closer to your 30s.
“I’ve spent pretty much all my professional career at this club and I just wish I was involved.
“I fully believe I am Tottenham’s best left-back still — and I can’t watch centre-backs and right-footed centre-backs play in my position. It’s a slap in the face, basically.”
The documentary also reportedly features Levy telling Mourinho that Rose wants to join a top club but the only ones willing to take him on loan are Newcastle and Bournemouth.
Spurs Web Opinion
I suspect these sorts of conversations are held fairly often between players and their coaches all the time. Both Rose and Jose were seemingly honest with each other and it understandable why the left-back wanted to play, with the Euros originally scheduled for this summer. In hindsight, perhaps he might regret not being a little more patient and trying to prove himself to Mourinho.
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