The Sun journalist Paul Jiggins has launched a scathing attack on Jose Mourinho for deciding to organise a public training session on Tuesday despite the criticism the club were already coming under as a result of their furlough and wage-cut decisions.
Tottenham announced last week that 550 of the club’s non-playing employees will be paid 80 per cent of their salary for April and May with the Government’s furlough scheme utilised and the decision was met with scathing criticism by some Spurs fans on social media.
To make matter worse, Mourinho was pictured training outdoors with Tanguy Ndombele on Tuesday defying the Government’s stipulations to exercise outdoors only with people you share a household with.
Mourinho has apologised for his actions but that has not stopped the Spurs head coach from being heavily criticised from those in the media spotlight including Piers Morgan (Good Morning Britain via the Express).
Jiggins has now written a scathing column questioning the Portuguese coach’s intelligence after his move on Tuesday.
In his column for the Sun, Jiggins wrote, “Photos were posted online of the Stupid One, dressed in full Spurs training kit, conducting a training session on Hadley Common in Barnet with midfielder Tanguy Ndombele and two others.
“Separate footage showed Ryan Sessegnon and Davinson Sanchez jogging too closely together around the same parkland.
“Spurs’ initial response was to claim the two pieces of footage were entirely coincidental – that at the same time Mourinho “was doing drills with Ndombele and two others on the common, Sessegnon and Sanchez just happened to be running nearby.
“Admitting the pair were not the required two metres apart as they trotted along, Tottenham issued a statement reminding players to social distance.
“When it was pointed out that meetings of more than two people were viewed as a gathering which the police had laws to disperse, Tottenham said two other men pictured in the impromptu illegal session were not their players and had just joined in.
“That still does fit with social distancing guidelines and, even it was just a catch-up, why was Mourinho letting two strangers join in with the session, especially during the current climate?
“With only essential trips allowed, what possessed the Spurs boss to make a 40-mile round trip from his west London home to work with Ndombele?
“And if Mourinho has to travel all that way to ensure the club’s record £65m buy keeps himself in trim, what does that say about the French flop and Spurs’ recruitment?
“The so-called Special One could yet get a knock on the door from the law, who are cracking down on lockdown violations. For such a savvy fella, you have to wonder why Jose did not use the club’s training ground.
“But it seems everything Mourinho does is intended to be in the public glare. It is the last thing Levy and Tottenham needed as they continue to lurch from one disaster to another.”
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There is no doubt that Mourinho’s actions on Tuesday were the last thing the club needed at a time when they were already the focus of such public scrutiny. However, the media has completely blown this story out of proportion and made it into a much bigger problem than it was. Now that Jose has apologised for his actions, we ought to move on from this.
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