Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho isn’t responsible for the club’s current crisis, Jamie O’Hara believes. The 58-year-old is under pressure in north London following the club’s 2-1 defeat to West Ham on Sunday. But O’Hara has now jumped to his defence, opting to single out Eric Dier and Davinson Sanchez for criticism instead.
After beating Wolfsberger 4-1 in the Europa League on Thursday, Tottenham fans were hopeful of a positive result against West Ham.
But that didn’t happen, with David Moyes getting the better of Mourinho for the first time and consigning Spurs to yet another difficult defeat.
Michail Antonio and Jesse Lingard struck for the Hammers, with Tottenham only able to respond through Lucas Moura.
In the aftermath of the result, many have called on Mourinho to get the boot.
But O’Hara has now jumped to his defence, singling out Dier and Sanchez for criticism.
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“It’s getting embarrassing, isn’t it,” he told talkSPORT. “We should be turning West Ham over!
“I don’t think we’re going to win anything this season, I think we’ll end up trophyless again, I really do.
“I look at the team and the back-four is just an absolute shambles. I don’t know why Jose keeps playing [Davinson] Sanchez and [Eric] Dier because it’s probably one of the worst partnerships in the Premier League!
“[Japhet] Tanganga plays right-back, but he takes him off and puts [Matt] Doherty there, he’s played [Moussa] Sissoko at right-back, [Serge] Aurier, he just doesn’t know the team.
“The only player you’d say deserves to play in that back-four is [Sergio] Reguilon, I really like him, he’s decent.”
O’Hara has also called on Tottenham to back Mourinho in the summer transfer window, believing he can turn things around if he gets the players he actually wants.
“I think we’re in a player crisis in terms of the players aren’t good enough,” said the former midfielder.
“We can sit here and blame the manager for the results and talk about where we should be with a manager like Mourinho, but the players ain’t good enough and he hasn’t been given the money to go and get the players he really needs.
“The whole back-four is not good enough! He needs two new centre-backs, proper decent centre-backs you can rely on and build a partnership around, instead of changing it every week because they keep making mistakes.
“So in terms of a crisis, yes there is one, but not with him. I don’t think it’s, ‘let’s get Mourinho out the door’, I don’t think that’s the case yet.”
Glenn Hoddle has also defended Mourinho, saying on his Footy podcast: “No I don’t [think he should be sacked].
“There have been a lot of calls from fans, West Ham are flying at the moment – they have a good balance. They are a very, very solid side.
“How can you sack someone who has got you to a cup final? It’s ridiculous.
“He has earned the right, with what he has done in his career, to be given more time.
“Average at times, but a couple of wins; the confidence comes back.”