Jose Mourinho’s position is reportedly under intense pressure at Tottenham, although owner Daniel Levy is wary of paying out his massive severance package.
After having looked one of the favourites for the title earlier this season, Spurs currently find themselves ninth and in a real battle just to make the top four, with the likes of West Ham and Everton mounting a surprise challenge for a Champions League spot.
Mourinho’s men have picked up just 12 points from their last 12 Premier League games, while they also suffered an early exit from the FA Cup following a hugely entertaining 5-4 defeat at Everton last week.
Their most recent fixture saw them ripped apart by a rampant Manchester City side, extending the gap between the two sides to 17 points, despite Spurs having been at the summit in early December.
Such a decline has seemingly put huge pressure on the former Manchester United boss, with criticism of his playing style heightened by the recent dismal form.
According to the Mail, the 58-year-old’s position is under ‘increasing scrutiny’, although he could be spared the axe for now with Daniel Levy wary of the cost of Mourinho’s huge severance package.
The belief is that his job is not in immediate danger, with the north London club seemingly keen to wait until the end of the season before making a decision.
This would allow Mourinho more time to rectify the current slump, as well as allowing the club to potentially get the wheels in motion for a new manager to come in at the end of the season, with it unlikely that they’ll be able to bring anyone in at this stage of the campaign.
As per the report, RB Leipzig boss Julien Nagelsmann and Leicester City’s Brendan Rodgers are the two men being lined up for the Tottenham hotseat, with both playing a much more attractive style of play than Mourinho.
Whether either man would jump ship at the end of the season is unclear, but what is apparent is that sacking and replacing the current manager will be expensive, with Mourinho one of the world’s best paid managers on £15m a year.
With the Europa League set to resume this week and with the Carabao Cup final still to come in April, Mourinho has a chance to reverse their current slide, although failing to qualify for the Champions League could be his undoing.