Tottenham Hotspur head coach Jose Mourinho has been praised by Spurs cult hero Gus Poyet, who criticised how some people go “over the top” whenever the North Londoners have a problem (talkSPORT).
Mourinho took the Tottenham reins back in November as Spurs moved quickly to secure Mauricio Pochettino’s successor, and the Portuguese has taken charge of 22 games for his new club, with 11 wins, four draws and seven defeats (Transfermarkt).
The former Chelsea coach is one of the biggest media draws in football thanks to his outspoken nature, and as such, he has brought the spotlight to North London, with every press conference and matchday decisions – and indeed even touchline demeanour – yielding much interest.
However, Poyet feels that, because Mourinho is “so much news for everyone”, the minute that things don’t go to plan, the criticism sent his way is disproportionate, and called for more patience towards a coach who has just started in his new role.
“I think he’s not doing so bad, especially if you think he doesn’t have Harry Kane,” Poyet told talkSPORT (25 Feb, 9:15am). “There’s one manager with Harry and then there’s a different manager without Harry Kane.
“The problem with Jose is it’s so much news for everyone, it’s so much coming with the manager that every time there is something not perfect or not winning. [Then] boom! We’ll come in and we will throw everything at Jose Mourinho because [they think] something is not right.
“I think we are a little over the top sometimes with him because of his personality and the way he is. But I think we have to give him a chance. He has just started. He’s totally different to Pochettino. The absolute opposite in terms of playing. They are missing massive players, especially upfront, so we have to give him the time.”
Poyet is bang on here; Mourinho is a media magnet thanks to his personality and illustrious CV – but media attention is a double-edged sword, and when things don’t go to plan, the scrutiny sent his way tends to be higher than usual.
The Portuguese has only taken charge of 22 Tottenham games so far, and as Poyet mentioned, the injuries to his team have been a big problem – just look at how Manchester City have gone from being juggernauts in 2017-18 and 2018-19 to 22 points behind Liverpool this term thanks in part to a defensive crisis.