Glenn Hoddle has blasted those who are calling for Tottenham Hotspur to sack Jose Mourinho, insisting that the Spurs boss deserves time to turn the club’s fortunes around.
Tottenham have lost five of their last six Premier League games, which is the worst run of form of any team Mourinho has managed in his career.
Mourinho himself admitted after Tottenham’s defeat to West Ham on Sunday that finishing in the top four will be difficult and that the Europa League might be the teams’ best route to the Champions League.
The Portuguese coach is now the bookies favourite to be the next top-flight manager to be sacked but Hoddle believes that the 58-year-old deserves the chance to lead Spurs into the Carabao Cup final clash against Manchester City in April.
When asked if he thinks the 58-year-old should lose his job, Hoddle told The Evening Standard: “No I don’t, not at the moment.
“He has been brought in to bring silverware, he is in a cup final. How can you sack somebody who has got a cup final in April? It is ridiculous. That is the reason why he has been brought in.
“Consistency and maybe other things have got to change over time, but I think he has earned the right with what he has done in his career to be given more time.
“As much as I look at Tottenham at times and think we do look an average team. But that is other clubs as well and that can change very quickly. A couple of wins and the confidence can come back.
“There is a lot of calls from fans [for Mourinho to be sacked] but second half against West Ham, who are flying at the moment and are a great side, every attacking option he had was on the pitch. They hit the bar, hit the post and it could have gone a different way.”
The legendry Spurs midfielder pointed the finger at Tottenham’s ageing squad as the main reason behind their drop in form and suggested that Mourinho deserves to be given last until the end of the season.
Hoddle added: “I think there are underlying problems at Tottenham, in the sense that there is a group of players who are going to into autumn of their careers.
“They are not as sharp, not as young. And I think there is going to need to be a rebuild there. So whether you get success during that period of time remains to be seen.
“But I think Jose should be kept in his job at this moment in time. The end of the season would be the time to look at things.”
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One can certainly understand why Spurs fans’ frustrations are boiling over after the loss against West Ham given the abject run of form we have been in. However, like Hoddle, I felt that there were a lot of promising signs in the West Ham game as we dominated proceedings for large parts of the encounter against a side who could push for the top four this season.
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