A former Spurs midfielder has put into the Portuguese coach because of his negative attitude in the aftermath of an FA Cup upset at the hands of Norwich.
Jose Mourinho is”running out of excuses” for Tottenham’s bad form, based on Jamie O’Hara, who will see the club bringing Mauricio Pochettino back if results do not improve quickly.
Spurs suffered their fourth consecutive defeat across all contests at home to Norwich on Wednesday night, leaving the FA Cup in the fifth-round point in the procedure.
The match ended 1-1 after 90 minutes as Jan Vertonghen’s early header was cancelled out by a Josip Drmic goal deep into the second half, and both sides could not be separated after 30 minutes of additional time.
Penalty kicks were finally needed to decide the competition, together with Norwich coming out on top 3-2 thanks to heroics from goalkeeper Tim Krul, who kept out efforts from Eric Lamela and Gedson Fernandes.
Mourinho pointed to a shortage of options up front once more in the absence of Harry Kane and Heung-min Son throughout his post-match interview, and indicated he might need to rest several key figures for a visit to Burnley on Saturday.
O’Hara believes Spurs still have sufficient strength in depth to find consistent results and states that Mourinho should be trying to lift his players rather than embracing a defeatist attitude.
“I am getting a bit sick and tired of the excuses,” the ex-Tottenham midfielder told talkSPORT.
“I’ve endorsed him over the fact he has lost Harry Kane and Heung-min Son and he is hoping to discover a way to win and it has not quite happened.
“However, the negativity and the mindset of,’let’s all feel sorry for us and we have got injuries, Moura would like to come off and Bergwijn would like to come off, let’s all feel sorry for Tottenham’ — NO!
“Come on! You will need to have results and you will need to pick this up, you’ve still got a great enough squad there to beat Norwich and to get results.
“Now there are no excuses left for Mourinho.
“He had been brought in to win a trophy but has knocked out by Norwich in the FA Cup — it actually puts the season into perspective with where we are going.
“I don’t think they are going to get through against RB Leipzig [at the Champions League past 16] either, so it could be season over by next week.
“He is getting paid plenty of money and he has got to have the ability to discover results.
“There’s still an excellent group of players at Tottenham and you will need to discover a way to lift them up and give them the confidence to think they could go out win games.”
Mourinho was drafted in to replace Pochettino back in November, following a poor run of form that had left Spurs languishing at the bottom half of the Premier League table.
Pochettino’s five-year reign was viewed as a significant success overall, and O’Hara could see him creating a shock return to the club if Tottenham’s recent battles continue.
When asked if the Argentine could be a candidate to replace Mourinho, the 33-year-old stated: “Yeah, why not?
“Pochettino might return, it has been done before.
“He has not got a job and he is still adored by the Spurs fans, so possibly that could occur.”