Really, Tony? Arsenal legend Adams claims Jose Mourinho did a ‘fantastic job’ when he was sacked by Tottenham in April, despite winning just 45 of his 86 games.
- Tony Adams said Jose Mourinho did the ‘fantastic job’ while Tottenham manager
- Spurs sacked Mourinho in April after winning just 45 of the 86 games in charge
- Adams backed Mourinho for having ‘good play system’ at White Hart Lane
Tony Adams has mounted a surprise defense of former Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho, who said the Portuguese was ‘fantastic’ at the north London club.
Mourinho was sacked by Spurs in April after 17 months in the managerial chair, and just days before the club faced Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final, which they lost.
After a flying start in the 2020/21 season – thanks to an excellent partnership between Harry Kane and Heung-min Son – Mourinho’s tenure at Spurs withered, with the 58-year-old suffering 10 league defeats in a season for the first time in his career.
Tony Adams has claimed Jose Mourinho did ‘fantastic job’ at Tottenham
Mourinho was sacked in April after 17 months in charge of Spurs, where he won just 45 games
Adams said Mourinho ‘got it done’ at Spurs
Indeed, the Portuguese has won just 45 of his 86 matches at Spurs, with fans dismayed at the ultra-defensive style of play he used as manager.
But Arsenal legend Adams announced he believed Mourinho was about to turn things around at White Hart Lane.
“I actually thought Mourinho was doing a fantastic job for Spurs,” Adams said on Sky Sports before Sunday’s north London derby against Arsenal.
“Honestly, I’ve never seen him as a Tottenham manager. He’s not open enough for them, but they did it (at Spurs).’
“They had a good game system and I don’t think they have that at the moment, so I want to be in the Arsenal dressing room!”
Mourinho is currently manager of Roma, which are fourth in Serie A after four wins
Mourinho has now returned to his profession in Serie A with Roma, with the club fourth in the league to have won four of their first five games.
After a long search for a new manager, Spurs chose Nuno Espirito Santo, who, like Mourinho, started well. But Tottenham have lost their last two Premier League games and faced heavy criticism for their weak, listless performances.
The only possible factor in Spurs’ favor for the derby is the even worse form of Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal, who are four places below their north London rivals in 14th place in the league.
Tottenham struggles in the Premier League under current manager Nuno Espirito Santo