Tottenham board members are reportedly torn over whether they should sack Jose Mourinho – but Harry Kane has a clear opinion.
Mourinho is one of the most under pressure managers in the Premier League at present. Tottenham’s form has nosedived in recent weeks.
Mourinho originally did well to guide Spurs to Europa League qualification last season. It sparked hope of a better season this time around, and things looked up when they found themselves top of the league in December.
Since then, though, their form has plummeted. Tottenham are now all the way down in ninth, more than 20 points behind league leaders Manchester City.
A title challenge is definitely beyond their reach now, but so may be even a top four finish.
Spurs have lost five of their last six Premier League games, putting Mourinho in a perilous position. There is a genuine risk of him being sacked.
However, according to The Independent, opinion is split among the Tottenham hierarchy over the appropriate course of action.
Some of their key decision makers feel it would be best to part ways with their manager now, instead bringing someone else in to rectify their season in a similar way to how the Portuguese coach did himself last year.
Others retain more faith in the 58-year-old, though. For example, it is claimed that chairman Daniel Levy remains “enchanted” by Mourinho and “really doesn’t want” to sack him.
Levy wants to give him a chance to lead Tottenham in the Carabao Cup final against Manchester City. A trophy would certainly help his predicament.
However, Levy may have no choice but to act sooner if the current trend in results continues.
Some players support Mourinho
Importantly, some of Tottenham’s key players are still keen to keep working under Mourinho.
Star striker Kane is among his main supporters, as he thrives off the “responsibility” the coach has given him.
The report also mentions Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, who has flourished since his summer move from Southampton, as someone who would prefer Mourinho to stay.
The same goes for some of the other signings Mourinho has brought in during his time in charge.
However, other players have seen his methods as “tedious” and could be hoping for a change.
Recent reports have suggested the next three league games could be crucial for Mourinho. What’s more, Tottenham already have two potential replacements in mind.