“We need to do what’s right for the club,” said chairman Daniel Levy, reflecting Mauricio Pochettino’s resignation in November and the nomination of Jose Mourinho, in a trailer released for the highly anticipated Friday. Everything or nothing Amazon series about Tottenham roller coaster and the eventful season 2019-20.
“And only time will tell if it’s the right decision.” Some of a Spurs belief are concerned that they may already know the answer.
Just over a year ago, Tottenham arguably produced their best performance under Pochettino to reach the Champions League final.
Jose Mourinho follows Tottenham practice on Friday, just hours after a disappointing draw
In a teaser of Amazon’s new documentary, Daniel Levy says ‘time will tell’ is Jose is the right man
With a defeat and a heartbreaking semifinal in the face, Pochettino inspired a wondrous comeback to get rid of all comebacks at Ajax, 3-0 lower at 3-3 and on away goals.
Unable to restrain his emotions, Pochettino cried tears of joy that endeared him even more to fans … if at all possible.
Harry Kane, who was still injured at the time, blocked out all the pain he might have felt from joining the pile of players after hat-trick hero Lucas Moura’s dramatic late tie winner.
Spurs fans everywhere celebrated in pure disbelief. It was an incredible, goosebumps-like evening, one in which Spurs team, manager and fans were all united.
Since arriving in 2014, Pochettino had given fans a team and club to believe in, be proud of and enjoy, culminating in a visit to the Johan Cruyff Arena they will never forget.
How things have changed. With Pochettino gone and Mourinho now in place, it’s almost impossible to imagine the current side producing such a compelling display of intense, chained, risky, never-to-be-said-dead football the way she does in the Netherlands. Meanwhile, supporters don’t appreciate much about what they see now.
Tottenham fans will think lovingly about Mauricio Pochettino and their night out at Ajax in 2019
Pochettino had given fans a team and a club to believe in Spurs before he got fired
Cracks began to appear in the form of Spurs as their historic Champions League run increasingly began to dominate their finish until last season.
The hangover loss against Liverpool in the final also continued this season, resulting in Pochettino’s departure.
But instead of reviving Spurs’ fortune, Mourinho seems to have sucked life out.
This week has delivered a four-point emission that has covered the cracks of two morally undermining, painful to watch performances.
The bland 1-0 win against Everton came via an own goal and included only two Spurs shots on goal.
Mourinho has sucked life out of the club and there doesn’t seem to be a clear vision
Eric Dier (second from left) looks shocked at Mourinho’s arrival in Tottenham’s canteen
“You would almost rather lose than win by playing like that,” a source said this week. They then failed to have a single shot at goal in their goalless draw against Bournemouth on third base Thursday.
One side of Bournemouth with the third worst defense record in the league. The last team to not have a shot on goal was Middlesbrough in the championship in 2015.
Kane saw more of the ball’s defensive set-pieces in his own box than a threat at Bournemouth’s, so he left starving.
It wasn’t long before doubts about Mourinho began to creep into Spurs and much earlier than his third season, which was the case earlier when things went wrong.
Those concerns were initially there from day one, when his appointment seemed one that suited him and the club strangely.
There are already enough doubts about the suitability of ex-United boss Mourinho at Tottenham
The likes of Ryan Sessegnon (left) and Tanguy Ndombele have suffered under his leadership
At his revelation, Mourinho insisted that his outlook had changed after nearly a year without football, but he also said “you never lose your DNA, you never lose your identity.” That should have been a warning.
The reactive rather than proactive, joyless, safety-first football that seems to miss an offensive plan has followed him from Old Trafford to Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
There are also similar concerns about his devaluation of the club’s assets through his handling of it. At Spurs, those players were Tanguy Ndombele and Ryan Sessegnon.
In defense of Mourinho, he explained in detail, and with some justification, before the suspension of football how injuries from day one messed up the tactical plans he had.
Spurs were 3-1 higher in West Ham when Ben Davies got injured, creating a knock-on effect that continued in football’s shutdown with Kane, Son Heung-min, Moussa Sissoko and Steven Bergwijn all also suffering.
Although it can be said that his resources have been virtually recovered since the restart and that no major improvement has occurred.
Decisions have been taken against Spurs, including a push on Kane away from Bournemouth this week
It doesn’t take long for Levy to realize that Mourinho was not the right man for the job
Key calls at crucial moments have also gone against Spurs.
Kane’s goal at Sheffield United was ruled out and he did not receive a clear penalty when he was pushed into the back by Josh King early in Bournemouth, potentially debunking the match.
Their eventual failure of Bournemouth made them ninth and with a hard job of getting European football next season.
With no clear vision of Mourinho to buy with confidence yet and minimal cash available after Covid-19 to breathe new life into the team, these have been Spurs for ages.
It may not be too long before Levy finds out whether he has indeed made the right decision for the club.