Jose Mourinho is “running out of excuses” for Tottenham’s terrible form, in accordance to Jamie O’Hara, who can see the club bringing Mauricio Pochettino back if outcomes do not enhance quickly.
Spurs suffered their fourth successive defeat throughout all competitions at home to Norwich on Wednesday night, exiting the FA Cup at the fifth-round stage in the process.
The game completed 1-1 after ninety minutes as Jan Vertonghen’s early header was cancelled out through a Josip Drmic goal deep into the 2nd half, and the two sides could not be separated after 30 minutes of extra time.
Penalty kicks were sooner or later needed to figure out the contest, with Norwich coming out on top 3-2 thanks to heroics from goalkeeper Tim Krul, who stored out efforts from Eric Lamela and Gedson Fernandes.
Mourinho pointed to a lack of selections up the front once again in the absence of Harry Kane and Heung-min Son for the duration of his post-match interview, and recommended he will have to rest a number of key figures for a day trip to Burnley on Saturday.
O’Hara believes Spurs nevertheless have adequate strength in depth to get regular results, and says that Mourinho need to be making an attempt to raise his players instead of adopting a defeatist attitude.
“I’m getting a bit ill and worn-out of the excuses,” the ex-Tottenham midfielder told talkSPORT.
“I’ve backed him over the fact he’s lost Harry Kane and Heung-min Son and he’s making an attempt to discover a way to win and it hasn’t quite happened.
“But the negativity and the mentality of, ‘let’s all feel sorry for us and we’ve received injuries, Moura needs to come off and Bergwijn wants to come off, let’s all feel sorry for Tottenham’ – NO!
“Come on! You want to get outcomes and you want to pick it up, you’ve nonetheless obtained a good enough squad there to beat Norwich and to get results.
“Now there are no excuses left for Mourinho.
“He was brought in to win a trophy however gets knocked out by Norwich in the FA Cup – it actually places the season into standpoint with the place we’re going.
“I don’t assume they’re going to get through in opposition to RB Leipzig [in the Champions League final 16] either, so it could be season over through subsequent week.
“He’s getting paid a lot of cash and he’s acquired to be in a position to find results.
“There’s nonetheless a very good squad of players at Tottenham and you want to find a way to elevate them up and provide them the self belief to believe they can go and win games.”
Mourinho was drafted in to replace Pochettino back in November, following a bad run of form which had left Spurs languishing in the bottom half of the Premier League table.
Pochettino’s five-year reign was considered as a major success overall, and O’Hara should see him making a shock return to the club if Tottenham’s current struggles continue.
When asked if the Argentine may want to be a candidate to replace Mourinho, the 33-year-old said: “Yeah, why not?
“Pochettino may come back, it’s been achieved before.
“He hasn’t got a job and he’s nevertheless loved by the Spurs fans, so doubtlessly that should happen.”