Rio Ferdinand has voiced his concern about a number of worrying trends in Jose Mourinho’s past behaviour resurfacing at Tottenham.
Seven defeats from 13 Premier League games have seen the north London club go from top to ninth. However, recent losses to top-four chasing West Ham and Chelsea have made their run more damaging.
As such, speculation has mounted that the next four games will prove crucial in deciding his fate.
In typical Mourinho style, the manager hit back at his critics in Wednesday’s press conference, but Ferdinand believes that such behaviour harks back to when his spells at Chelsea and Manchester United turned sour.
“Listen, if you look at his recent history of the way it’s ended for him at clubs, this is very similar to what we’ve seen before,” he told his YouTube podcast.
“Results aren’t going to plan, there’s some disgruntled players, he’s prickly in the press.
“All of the common things that we’ve seen in recent jobs and how it’s finished, it’s rearing its head again.
“It doesn’t look great, but if he can have some turnaround in results, maybe things can be different.”
Mourinho told reporters ahead of Thursday’s Europa League second leg against Wolfsberger: “I want to know which coach has always had blue sky and never cloudy or a bit dark.
“Perhaps only a coach who is always at a dominant club in a league. It shows how beautiful my career has been. Does it make me depressed? No. It’s a challenge.
“I work for the club, the players and the supporters. I always feel I have to give them so much. It hurts me and it’s a great challenge for me and I believe I can give it. I give it everywhere I’ve been and I’m more motivated than ever.”
Mourinho totally convinced by Bale
One player who has been in the spotlight over his game time under Mourinho this season is Gareth Bale.
The 31-year-old returned to north London from Real Madrid in September, but his reunion has so far not gone to plan.
There has been talk that his manager has issues with the player, but Mourinho has insisted that Bale does not need to convince him of anything.