Glenn Hoddle has urged Tottenham to stick with Jose Mourinho despite Tottenham suffering a fifth defeat in six Premier League matches on Sunday.
Spurs lost 2-1 at West Ham United after a poor start to each half. They rallied after the break thanks to an influential Gareth Bale cameo, but the Londoners are now nine points off fourth place.
Mourinho may now be relying on winning the Europa League to secure Champions League football for next season.
But despite the team’s dreadful form, Hoddle thinks it would be “ridiculous” for Tottenham to part ways with their manager before the end of the campaign.
Asked if Mourinho should be sacked now, Hoddle told the London Evening Standard: “No I don’t, not at the moment.
“He has been brought in to bring silverware, he is in a cup final. How can you sack somebody who has got a cup final in April? It is ridiculous. That is the reason why he has been brought in.”
Hoddle added: “Consistency and maybe other things have got to change over time, but I think he has earned the right with what he has done in his career to be given more time.”
Hoddle makes a good point. In fairness to Mourinho, he is in desperate need of two new centre-backs and other reinforcements.
That said, the attacking style of play hasn’t improved throughout his tenure – Spurs remain reliant on individual brilliance to win matches.
Winning the League Cup is surely the minimum Mourinho must achieve to keep his job.