‘You don’t discuss rocket science with NASA, but people think they can discuss football with one of the most important managers in the game’: Jose Mourinho hits back on his critics as he gets more attention for his methods at Tottenham
- Jose Mourinho calls himself one of football’s ‘most important managers’
- The Portuguese boss has attacked his critics with his Spurs job in jeopardy
- Tottenham now faces a tough battle to qualify for the Champions League
- A defeat to Arsenal and an exit from the Europa League put Mourinho’s job in jeopardy
Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has fiercely hit back on his critics as he scrutinizes his coaching methods, insisting that he is still ‘one of the most important managers in the game’.
The Portuguese boss is currently enjoying some down time with his Tottenham players scattered around the world on international duty, but his position was seriously threatened before halftime.
Mourinho’s job as Spurs boss is hanging by a thread after he was in charge of a North London derby defeat to Arsenal and then saw his team crash out of the Europa League in a humiliating fashion at Dinamo Zagreb.
Spurs boss Jose Mourinho says he is still “one of the most important managers in the game.”
Mourinho’s job stood by a thread after the loss of the Europa League against Dinamo Zagreb
A win over Aston Villa before the international break eased the pressure somewhat, leaving Spurs three points behind fourth-seed Chelsea.
But like Sportsmail reported earlier this month that Mourinho’s job is at stake if he fails to finish in the Champions League places.
Mourinho participated in a virtual live event called ‘Game On with Mourinho’hosted by Spurs sponsor AIA, and answered questions from fans in Singapore.
When asked how he handles criticism of his management style, Mourinho added, “I don’t think anyone is going to discuss rocket science with the guys at NASA, with everyone around the world.
They think they can discuss football with one of the most important managers in the game.
‘That’s the beauty of football. I’m used to it. I appreciate that. So that’s fine for me. ‘
Mourinho took over as Spurs boss in 2019 and has the chance to lift his first piece of silverware with the club in the Carabao Cup final against Manchester City in April.
But whatever the outcome of that match, Mourinho is still under tremendous pressure to deliver top-level European football at the end of the season.
Mourinho’s Spurs team is currently three points behind Chelsea in the race for the top four
In addition to recent results, there are also concerns that the Portuguese is fighting to fix a broken Tottenham dressing room amid fears of disharmony within the squad.
Julian Nagelsmann from RB Leipzig and Brendan Rodgers from Leicester are expected to take over two of the preferred candidates if Mourinho is fired.
Mourinho still has two years to go with his current deal, which means he is entitled to a substantial compensation package if Chairman Daniel Levy decides to take action.
There is a clear reluctance to turn to another fired manager, especially in Mourinho’s case, given the amount that a compensation agreement would cost.
Levy has supported Mourinho and would not have given up hope that the Portuguese could turn it around.
Last season’s failure to qualify for the Champions League came as a severe blow to their income, as did the fact that they have no earnings on match days since the coronavirus pandemic struck last year.
Regaining their Champions League status was seen as an absolute priority given the financial boost this would bring.
Most of the emphasis on whether the club decides that change is needed will be placed on how Tottenham are finalizing their Premier League campaign.
Tottenham plays after the international break against Newcastle, desperately looking for three competition points
Meanwhile, the 58-year-old later bizarrely dubbed his band of supporters around the world ‘Mourinistas’, saying they act as motivation when his team is struggling.
He added: ‘To be honest, I get my strength from myself, but most of all from the people I love and the people I know, they love me even though I don’t know many of them.
‘I never met them. I called them the Mourinistas because in Portugal we use these ‘inistas’ in the end of the club’s name that we like to express to supporters.
So for example if you are from Porto you say Portista, if you are from Benfica you say Benficista. And if you are from Mourinho, we say Mourinista.
“I have so many more Mourinistas around the world that I play for them.”
Spurs are next in action against Newcastle on April 4, when they will take up their unlikely bid to finish in the Champions League places.