Sport Jose Mourinho suffering worst-ever league season after Man Utd defeat
Spurs will pay much LESS than £30million if they sack Jose Mourinho
EXCLUSIVE BY SAMI MOKBEL: The Spurs boss is under pressure following Sunday's disappointing 2-2 draw at relegation-threatened Newcastle as he aims to rescue an initially promising season.The Spurs boss is under increased pressure following Sunday's disappointing 2-2 draw at relegation-threatened Newcastle as he aims to rescue a season that at one stage looked full of promise.
Tottenham’s 3-1 defeat at home against Manchester United signalled a succession of ‘worsts’ for manager Jose Mourinho.
Spurs had taken the lead in the encounter shortly after United had a goal controversially chopped off, but they were unable to withstand the Red Devils in the second half.
Edinson Cavani, who had been the unfortunate player to have his effort disallowed, was on the scoresheet and Fred also registered after the break.
What records did Mourinho set?
Firstly, this was Tottenham’s 10th defeat of the season. Never before has Mourinho endured so many losses in a single league campaign.
Spurs have been beaten by Everton, Liverpool (twice), Leicester, Brighton, Chelsea, Manchester City, West Ham, Arsenal and Man Utd this season.
With a trophy and top-four in sight, Spurs' season is on a knife edge
Little more than six months ago, Tottenham were celebrating what may yet prove to be the high water mark for Jose Mourinho's tenure, with six goals on a triumphant return to Old Trafford.Six goals on a triumphant return to Old Trafford and Manchester United languished in 16th, as doubts swirled around the future of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Additionally, it means that Tottenham have given away 18 points from a leading position this term. Given that Mourinho built his name on organisation and solid defensive work, this comes as something of a surprise. Again, this is the worst in the manager’s career.
Meanwhile, it was the first time that Mourinho has ever lost a home match against Man Utd.
Indeed, the Portuguese has been a coach since 2000, taking charge of Benfica, Uniao de Leira, Porto, Chelsea, Inter, Real Madrid, Manchester United and now Tottenham.
The bigger picture
For Spurs, it leaves them with only an outside chance of qualifying for the Champions League next season. With seven matches of the campaign remaining, they are six points off the pace of West Ham, who occupy fourth.
Complicating matters for Tottenham is that they will also have to overtake Chelsea and Liverpool, while Everton, who are only two points behind them, have two games in hand.
Tottenham identify RB Leipzig boss Julian Naglesmann as top target .
Spurs have been preparing for Mourinho's departure for a number of weeks with Nagelsmann now understood to be aware of the club's interest in him.The Portuguese was relieved of his duties on Monday morning, just six days before Spurs face Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final.