Tottenham will not sack Jose Mourinho as manager while they can still win the Europa League and League Cup.
That is the view of former England and Manchester City defender Danny Mills, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after the Portuguese became the bookmakers’ favourite to be the next Premier League manager to lose their job.
Spurs suffered their fifth defeat in six league games after they lost 2-1 to West Ham United on Sunday as they slumped to ninth in the league.
The north London outfit face-off with Wolfsberger in the second leg of their Europa League last 32 tie on Thursday night with a 4-1 advantage from the first leg.
They are also set to play Man City in the League Cup final at Wembley at the end of April.
Mills believes Mourinho is safe until that point.
“It comes down to trophies,” Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“Could Tottenham win the Europa League? Quite possibly with the players that they have. Could they beat Man City in that one-off game? It’s difficult, but yes they could.
“Mourinho could come away with two trophies and a Champions League place because of the Europa League. That’s unbelievably successful in terms of what Tottenham do.
“While they’re still in the Europa League, nothing is going to happen between now and the end of the season.
“If they end up finishing eighth and they don’t win anything then questions will be asked.
“There’s a good chance that they could win a cup or a couple and suddenly that puts Tottenham into a whole new level again.
“The Carabao Cup could well be enough, if they finish in the top six, to keep him there another year and they can build on that.
“I still believe he’s a great coach and a great manager but I’m not employing him. If you give him the tools to do the job properly, give him some money to spend to get some real good defenders in, then Tottenham could be a real proposition next season.”