Tottenham sacking Jose Mourinho seems to have taken a step closer. Reports have suggested a third-party has breached Brendan Rodgers’ views on taking over in north London. And the writing may just be on the wall for the 58-year-old, despite his side’s 4-0 victory over Wolfsberger earlier in the week.
Tottenham were back to their best against Wolfsberger on Wednesday night.
Dele Alli scored, Carlos Vinicius bagged a brace and Gareth Bale also got in on the act as they put the Austrian minnows to the sword.
But while Tottenham are now through to the Europa League round of 16, they’re still in the middle of a crisis.
Mourinho, true to form, has dismissed suggestions that’s the case. But Wednesday’s emphatic win aside, Spurs fans have had very little reason to cheer.
That victory was just their fourth since the turn of the year.
And for a side that were Champions League finalists under Mauricio Pochettino less than two years ago, it simply isn’t good enough.
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Yet plans, it seems, are being drawn up.
Rodgers would bring attacking football back to Tottenham, with the club resembling a far tenser and turgid outfit under Mourinho than they did during Pochettino’s reign.
His appointment may even be enough to satisfy Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min, with the duo being linked with moves away to Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain respectively.
For now, Tottenham and Mourinho will limp on.
But Rodgers is being prepared and, if Daniel Levy gets his way, it will be him in charge of the club next season.
A second option to take over at Tottenham is Julian Nagelsmann, with the young German steering his RB Leipzig side to second in the Bundesliga table.
Yet while his appointment would be shrewd, it would also be a risk given his young age – and the current crop of players Tottenham have at their disposal.
Meanwhile, speaking after the Wolfsberger win on Wednesday, Mourinho hailed Alli – expressing a belief the England international was back to his best.
“The goal I don’t need to speak, because everyone watched it and I believe that all around the world on all these sports TV, people are going to watch it, no need to talk about it,” Mourinho said.
“But for me the globality of the performance is what matters. He played very well in every aspect of the game, he played very well.
“Of course he’s not fresh, of course you can feel that his performance like in the first leg from minute 55-60 is going to go down, which is normal due to the circumstances – injured, not training for a long time.
“But in this moment when we are going to play every three days, 10 matches in March, to have Dele back at this level is amazing.
“But I wouldn’t say Dele only. (Harry) Winks, (Moussa) Sissoko, just to give two more examples, to have them back to this level, we need more than ever.”
Tottenham are next in action against Burnley on Sunday.
And they’ll be hoping for a repeat of what happened at Turf Moor earlier in the season, with Son Heung-Min scoring in a 1-0 win.