Spurs: Pundits discuss Pochettino's 'message to Daniel Levy'
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Tottenham could sack Jose Mourinho if results in north London continue to worsen. And reports claim Diego Simeone is interested in taking over from the 58-year-old at the end of the campaign. Daniel Levy has four replacements in mind for Mourinho, who will oversee their crunch Premier League clash with Aston Villa on Sunday.
Tottenham recently responded to talk of Mourinho being sacked by winning five games on the trot.
But defeats to Arsenal and Dinamo Zagreb, in the Premier League and Europa League respectively, have put the 58-year-old back in the spotlight.
Mourinho is facing a huge fight to save his job in the capital, with Tottenham wary of the consequences of missing out on Champions League football for the second year in a row.
And 90min claim they’re looking at replacements behind the scenes, with Brendan Rodgers currently their dream target.
The Leicester boss, who will oversee his side’s FA Cup showdown with Manchester United on Sunday, has worked wonders at the King Power Stadium.
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He’s guided the Foxes to third in the Premier League table, getting his side playing some slick and entertaining football in the process.
But the report say the agents of Simeone and Massimiliano Allegri have indicated they’d be interested, too.
Simeone is poised to steer Atletico Madrid to the La Liga title and may opt to leave his glittering spell with the Spanish club on a high come the end of the campaign.
Allegri, meanwhile, has been out of work ever since leaving Juventus back in the summer of 2019.
It’s claimed Tottenham also have Steven Gerrard and Julian Nagelsmann under consideration, with both men doing well in their respective roles at Rangers and RB Leipzig.
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And who Spurs end up going for should Mourinho lose his job remains to be seen.
Gerrard and Nagelsmann don’t appear to be priorities for the club, with Tottenham having doubts over their suitability due to their lack of experience.
But Simeone, Allegri or Rodgers would definitely be exciting appointments for the club.
Speaking ahead of Tottenham’s Premier League showdown with Aston Villa on Sunday, Mourinho has called for his players to show fight.
“That’s the same question as after the game against Arsenal and I didn’t see it against Zagreb, what I wanted to see,” he said.
“So it’s hard to say because I was expecting a completely different attitude and we didn’t get that (at Zagreb).
“Obviously, what do I want against Aston Villa? I want all the ingredients that I told to some of the previous questions.
“They are what I consider the basics of an honest professional. It doesn’t matter about the area. At the moment we’re speaking about football but we could be speaking about any other area in society.
“The basics of any job is honesty, the commitment, the desire, the respect for the people who require you to do a good work. That’s what I expect to have every day, every match.”
Mourinho also refused to open up on the lack of leaders within Tottenham’s squad.
“To speak about leaders on the pitch is something that makes me a little bit uncomfortable,” he added.
“It’s something that belongs to us, to the dressing room, to the life of us as a working group. Of course from the outside you can have your perspective, you can analyse it and probably with your experience and knowledge you can draw some conclusions but I’m not going in that direction.
“The reason why we lost the game in Zagreb was because for 100 minutes or so, one team put absolutely everything on that pitch and another team only felt the pride and let’s say a motivation to fight when the result was already 3-0.
“Yes, in these 10 minutes we could and should, we had the chances to go through. But they beat us on heart and another thing that I refuse to say in front of the cameras.
“But when you lose on that, as a professional you have to feel very, very hurt and this is the way I feel. I’m not just sad, and I’m happy to be a guy with lots of experience and emotional control because I can control what I feel in this moment, at least in front of the cameras.”
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