Most fans and pundits would agree that Spurs DO indeed need a massive rebuild. So is Mourinho simply towing the Levy line as the chairman has already expressed reluctance to spend in the summer? Or does he really believe that the present squad is good enough – when all the injured players available again – to challenge on all fronts?
Considering that Mourinho has – apart from his time at Porto – spent big to achieve much of his success – this is very strange indeed. We shall see, I guess.
Of course, Mourinho’s criticism of Ndombele has been the centre of attention and perhaps that is why Mourinho elected to do so. It’s a bit of a gamble for Mourinho as there’s no telling how Ndombele will respond to this.
That said, Ndombele has been so poor recently, that it’s hard to imagine him playing any worse than he has done so far. Still, digging out a player in public in this manner is considered a hard line most managers will not cross. But this is Mourinho, after all.
The average Spurs fan is not going to give two hoots about this unless and until this financial growth results in trophies. A single League Cup in over a decade just does not cut it. The real test is the summer – will ENIC invest in the team?
This season is a transitional one. The moment Poch was sacked and Jose came on board, it was all about making the best of the situation.
The long-term injuries to Kane and Son have of course made things tougher so at the moment, while top 4 and the FA Cup remain viable, I would not be surprised if we ended up neither at the end of the season.
The time to judge whether Levy and Mourinho can make Spurs tick once again is next season and the following one. No quick fixes.
The appointment of serial winner Jose Mourinho has deeply divided the Spurs faithful. On one side, fans point to his excellent track record and hope he will bring his winning ways to the club. On the other, fans will highlight the manner in which Mourinho wrecks dressing rooms, even if initially he delivers the goods. There is historical precedent for such a divisive appointment.
When the legendary Bill Nicholson retired in the 70s, the Spurs board appointed ex-Arsenal captain Terry Neill to the post. Obviously that did not go down well and Neill only lasted two average seasons before heading off to his spiritual home – Highbury.
Incredibly, Spurs appointed yet another ex-Arsenal player (and manager) George Graham in the late 90s and despite winning the League Cup in 1999 (Spurs’ first trophy in 8 seasons) he was sacked in 2001 by the new incoming Spurs chairman – one Daniel Levy!
Spurs fans never ever liked Graham and refused to sing his name – even though he won a trophy. His Arsenal roots were too big an obstacle for fans to overcome.
So perhaps Mourinho is in a better position than Neill and Graham to win over the doubtful fans. Football is a results industry and even though many may not like his abrasive personality or the playing style of his teams, if he turns around Spurs’ fortunes, it is unlikely that these fans will remain reticent.