Matt Doherty revealed that his Tottenham teammates have to take a certain part of the responsibility for Jose Mourinho’s departure. When Jose Mourinho was sacked Spurs were eliminated from the Europa League by Dinamo Zagreb. They were also seventh in the Premier League table.
“He was only there for 18 months. If it was three or four years, it could be a different conversation, but we just weren’t getting the results for him.” Tottenham defender Matt Doherty said when asked about his sacking, “The manager is always the one to lose his job, but as players, we were the ones on the pitch and we weren’t able to get the results for him, which was a shame because he’s one of the best managers ever.”
Doherty is currently on international duty for the Republic of Ireland. They take on Hungary in a friendly before the European Championships. He was a regular in the first team until a positive COVID-19 test cost him his spot. Doherty reiterated that he had absolutely no issue with his treatment from the manager.
“I definitely got a fair crack of the whip. I still played 25, 26, 27 games – that’s a lot of games in a season, so I definitely got a fair crack,” he added. “I had a great relationship with him. He was my neighbor for the whole year, so the relationship was fine. He was a great guy, but unfortunately, these things happen in football. That was the case, but he is Jose Mourinho, he is one of the best ever and I have nothing but praise for him.”
Spurs have called off plans to appoint Antonio Conte as the manager. There seems to have been a breakdown in negotiations with Conte. Reports suggested that Conte was reluctant to work with a number of younger squad players.