Martin Keown believes Jose Mourinho’s “childish” behaviour towards Tottenham players is “not healthy”.
Mourinho was not impressed by his team’s performance in the 1-0 loss to Royal Antwerp on Thursday and was openly critical of his players after the game.
Lior Refaelov scored the only goal of the game early in the first half and Spurs were unable to respond, despite Mourinho turning to Harry Kane, Lucas Moura and Heung-min Son at half time.
But the star trio made no real difference and they didn’t manage a shot on target after the break.
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Mourinho was fuming after the game and posted a picture to his Instagram page, captioning a solemn picture of himself: “Bad perfomances deserve bad results. Hope everyone in this bus is as upset as I am. Tomorow 11 AM training.”
Owen Hargreaves praised Mourinho’s forthrightness in his post-match interview, but Keown disagreed.
He said: “In the dressing room surely? I’m not happy with it being so public.
“Maybe he didn’t say anything [in the dressing room]. We hear that he didn’t say anything and just walked out and left the players.
“I don’t think my respect grows for the manager. Some of those players would have been wounded at half-time when they were taken off, the likes of Dele Alli.
“You feel it don’t you – maybe my career is over at Spurs. But it’s part of a collective, it can happen. I don’t think the players that came on were any better.”
When Hargreaves asked whether he would follow his manager on Instagram, Keown replied: “Well I’m not going to follow him but it’s like, is this how we’re going to communicate?
“If you want to talk to me, talk to my face. What are you doing posting stuff?
“When it was 3-3 against West Ham apparently he didn’t speak to the players about it for four or five days but said an awful lot to the media.
“These are messages and I just think, keep it in house. It’s a bit churlish, childish sometimes what you’re hearing.
“Because players have to keep their mouth shut but he can say whatever he wants publicly. I’d rather keep it within the dressing room.
“If I’m not good enough I’ll accept that. But I want to work hard to get back in the team, let’s keep it healthy. I don’t think that’s healthy.”