Mourinho hunt was ‘spot on’ but Spurs are now ‘desperate’ – pundit

Date published: Sunday 6th June 2021 9:32 - Joe Williams

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Former Premier League defender Danny Mills thinks Spurs are now “desperate” and have “got it wrong” over their hunt for a new manager.

It seemed likely that Antonio Conte would become their new manager after days of talks and a promise of ‘major transfer funds’ – but Tottenham have now abandoned talks after ‘concerns from both parties’ caused negotiations to stall.

It is speculated that these developments ‘may not go down well with Harry Kane’ and other members of the squad, who ‘were understood to be excited by reports of Conte potentially arriving’.

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The Italian was an irresistible option despite his apparent unsuitability for the role, but any hope of appointing him seems to have been dashed after the breakdown in negotiations.

Spurs will now continue their search for a suitable successor to Jose Mourinho, was sacked by the north London club in April after a run of poor performances.

And former England international Mills thinks Spurs will struggle to attract a “top manager” with the club looking “desperate”.

Mills told Football Insider: “Football is still very, very ego-based, a lot of it.

“If you’re fifth or sixth on the list and there are people in front of you it’s very difficult to get passionate about the job. You’re thinking ‘You didn’t really want me, did you? You’re now doing it out of necessity.’

“If you’re a top manager and you don’t have to go there out of necessity you’re thinking ‘Suddenly you’re desperate and you want me.’

“Tottenham have got it wrong in this scenario. With Mourinho they had it spot on. They did all their work and bang, it was job done. Simple as that. Rightly or wrongly, they got it all done.

“Now you look at it and you think ‘Where do Tottenham go next?’”

Meanwhile, Matt Doherty, who was brought into the club last summer from Wolves, has “nothing but praise” for the job Mourinho did in north London.

Doherty told Sky Sports: “I definitely got a fair crack of the whip. I still played 25, 26, 27 games – that’s a lot of games in a season, so I definitely got a fair crack.

“I had a great relationship with him. He was my neighbour for the whole year, so the relationship was fine. He was a great guy, but unfortunately these things happen in football.

“That was the case, but he is Jose Mourinho, he is one of the best ever and I have nothing but praise for him.”


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