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Jose Mourinho publicly apologised to the Tottenham fans after Spurs were knocked out of the Europa League prematurely, despite heading into the game two goals to the good. This latest dismal display in what has been a rollercoaster season, full of ups and downs, has brought everyone's attention right back to the future of the Tottenham manager. Speculation over the future of Mourinho when his side went from leading the Premier League table to slipping outside of the European places. Now that Spurs have been knocked out of the FA Cup by Everton and the Europa League by Dinamo Zagreb, the pressure is on Tottenham to beat Man City in the final of the League Cup next month, but the way both teams are performing this season suggests that is highly unlikely to happen.
Are Mourinho's days as the ‘Special One' well and truly in his past and is he a manager on a slippery slope, destined to never manage a top European club again? The latest market for the next Premier League manager to get sacked is topped by Jose Mourinho and that suggests that it is commonly known within the game that the Portuguese Champions League winner has his neck on the chopping block and only an instant turnaround in form can save him.
Odds on Favourite
Just a quick glance at the odds for the next Premier League manager to get the sack shows Jose Mourinho on top of the pile @ 3/1. Mourinho has moved ahead of the bookmaker's favourite Steve Bruce, who is now priced @ 7/2, and the pair are followed by Sam Allardyce at 8/1. Big Sam is on the list as he has a clause in his contract with West Brom that says that if the club get relegated he will be allowed to leave his position and in truth, Allardyce is not actually in danger of being sacked, unlike the other two managers.
Many Newcastle fans have been calling for Bruce to be sacked for the majority of the season as his style of play is seen as too negative for the Geordie faithful. In truth, Bruce has been working on a tight budget under a chairman who clearly doesn't care about the club and has tried to sell them on multiple occasions. Bruce would have been seen as a safe pair of hands when he was appointed, due to his vast experience in both the Premier League and Championship, as well as being a much cheaper alternative than some of the other managers who were linked with taking over when Rafa Benitez left. The former Sunderland, Wigan and Birmingham boss has probably done as well as expected this season but has probably taken the club as far as he can and it is now time for Newcastle to invest in a longterm manager.
Tottenham fans were probably very excited when they first learned that Mourinho was going to join the club as he is a winner and has a proven track record of delivering trophies. Mourinho would have been looking at the Spurs job as a chance to rebuild his reputation following a disappointing spell with Man Utd in which he failed to deliver on the level that the fans and board had expected. Mourinho arrived at Tottenham with three Premier League trophies to his name, two Serie A title and one La Liga title, not to mention two Champions Leagues and two Europa Leagues/UEFA Cups, so you can see why the Spurs fans dared to dream of future trophies for their club. Tottenham are a club that haven't won a top division title since 1961 and despite once being considered a ‘cup side', they have only managed to win one domestic cup in the last 22-years. All of these things added to the pressure on Mourinho to deliver a trophy and he still might yet do that this season, if he remains in charge of the club before their League Cup final in April. Winning that trophy could save Mourinho's job and afford him one last summer to make the signings he needs to push Tottenham forward.
Possible Replacements for Mourinho
Some sections of the Spurs fans and even sections of the media are calling for Mourinho to be sacked this morning, with the Mirror publishing their list of five possible replacements for the ‘Special One'. On that list is Julian Nagelsmann, Brendan Rodgers, Ralph Hasenhuttl, Massimiliano Allegri and even Rafa Benitez. Of those potential candidates, we can surely rule out Rafa Benitez. The Spaniard, like Mourinho, also plays a style of football that isn't always easy on the eyes but tends to get results. Surely the Spurs fans will be looking for a little more excitement on the pitch from their next manager.
Nagelsmann is still only 33-years-old and currently managing RB Leipzig, a team challenging Bayern Munich for the Bundesliga title this season. Nagelsmann made his name at Hoffenheim and has continued to impress since his move to the Champions League side in 2019. It is difficult to see Nagelsmann leaving Germany this early in his career, especially to take on what might be considered a poisoned chalice by many and would be a job for someone with more experience. On this note, we should probably rule of Hasenhuttl as well as the Saints boss hasn't had the best of seasons and while he likes to play attacking football, Southampton do not look solid at the back and he is yet to win any major trophies as a manager.
Brendan Rodgers is performing miracles with Leicester City but there is no way he would leave his young vibrant side at this stage of the season or even next season if he does indeed take the Foxes into the Champions League. Which leaves us with Massimiliano Allegri. The 53-year-old Italian has managed a club since leaving Juventus in 2019 but he is a proven winner having secured six Serie A title with Juve and AC Milan as well as four Coppa Italia trophies. Allegri has recently been rumoured to have been approached by Leeds Utd to possible take over from Bielsa next season and if the Italian is open to a move to the Premier League, then surely he would jump at the chance to manage Tottenham. Allegri seems like the best and most realistic choice of all of the five candidates generated by the Mirror and I'm sure Spurs have already considered him as a replacement for Mourinho.