Spanish football expert Guillem Balague has claimed Jose Mourinho was waiting for the Real Madrid manager job to become vacant when he was contacted by Tottenham to replace Mauricio Pochettino – and he took the offer even though there were some lingering concerns.
Manchester United sacked Mourinho in December 2018 after making no progress despite spending £400million on 11 players.
But he was only out of work for 11 months as Spurs chairman Daniel Levy made the controversial decision to end Pochettino’s five-year reign in north London.
Mourinho was appointed the Argentine’s successor the next day but he has been unable to get the side into the Champions League places.
Spurs have had to battle on with no striker as Harry Kane and Son-Heung Min are sidelined through injury.
But Balague reckons the Portuguese boss has big worries over the squad prior to the injury crisis.
“I don’t think Mourinho would have thought that the Tottenham job would have been more straightforward,” Balague told GentingBet.
“He must have known that this is the worst squad that he’s ever had since he left Porto.
“I know that he was waiting for Real Madrid and the call never came, so it would suggest that perhaps this wasn’t his first choice.
“As soon as he came in, he realised – and especially with the injuries – that it was going to be difficult.
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“To be honest, he’s done well by keeping the level of the team, sometimes you make a [managerial] change and it’s for the worst.
“At least he’s stabled the team, but he hasn’t been able to improve it. Partly because of the injuries, partly because of his approach for a team that’s used to a different thing.
“And partly because, for three or four years, Tottenham have been punching over their weight anyway, so perhaps they’re finding their real level.”
Meanwhile, Mourinho placed his trust in young forward Troy Parrott late in Spurs’ FA Cup clash with Norwich last night.
But he insists the 18-year-old is not ready for first team football after missing a penalty in the shoot out defeat.
“The penalty is nothing. He is a penalty taker in the under-23s, he scores every one in the unders,” he told BBC Sport.
“He was so confident, he wanted to take one, he wanted to take the responsibility, it’s an experience in his career.
“The problem is not his experience. The problem is the 30 minutes. Now people can see that he has to work a lot so don’t think that Parrott is the second Harry Kane because he’s just a young kid that needs to work.
“Let’s forget the penalty because we all miss the penalties, it was not Troy.”
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