Tony Cascarino suggests recent history is repeating itself for Jose Mourinho at Tottenham as negativity continues to surround the club.
Spurs are winless in their past four matches in all competitions, leaving an uphill battle in the Champions League, losing the initiative in the top four race, and getting dumped out the FA Cup by Norwich.
Mourinho’s previous managerial tenure, at Manchester United, quickly turned sour as results on the pitch got worse, and Cascarino suggests the same thing is happening now at Spurs.
“Whatever happens, you feel like there’s going to be an incident that hasn’t happened anywhere else.
“His record is there for everyone to see – it’s extraordinary. He’s been a winner, but what can follow after winning is a manager who drains the life out of some people.
“You’re either in his camp or you’re not, and if you’re not in it, expect the very worst from Jose.”
Troy Parrott, the 18-year-old striker who missed his penalty during the shootout defeat to Norwich on Wednesday, appears to be on the wrong side of Mourinho at the moment.
The Spurs boss finally answered calls to play the teenage striker on Wednesday night, bringing him off the bench in extra-time.
However, the manager slammed Parrott’s performance after the game.
“The problem is not the penalty,” Mourinho said. “The problem is the 30 minutes.
“Now people can see that he has to work a lot so don’t think that Parrott is the second Harry Kane because he’s just a young kid that needs to work.”
And Cascarino suggests the Spurs manager’s swipe at Parrott highlights how Mourinho perhaps mismanages his players.
“He [Parrott] may not be ready, and Jose might be right,” Cascarino added.
“But you build players up and make them feel like they’re 10ft tall when they go onto the pitch – that hasn’t happened with Troy Parrott.
“He [Mourinho] has put the seed of doubt in fans’ minds already. He said missing the penalty in midweek wasn’t the problem, it was the half hour he played.
“I thought, ‘Jose – you’ve got to get the best out of this lad’. Management is about overachieving and I don’t think he’s handled Troy Parrott well.”
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