Michael Brown admits he thoroughly enjoyed listening to Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho speak about the club’s pursuit of a Champions League spot this season.

The former Tottenham and Leeds midfielder, talking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, believes the boss looks happier than he did during his time at Manchester United.

Speaking about the club’s push for a top-four finish this season, Mourinho came up with an unusual analogy about how “somebody has taken the stairs away” during their climb up the table.

Brown admits he loved hearing the Portuguese boss come up with his unique comparison, suggesting that he is enjoying management again at a “progressive” club like Tottenham.

Brown told Football Insider: “It was brilliant watching Jose Mourinho with his new haircut coming out with another brilliant phrase in interviews, saying: ‘He’s on the ladder, he’s on the stairs, will they underestimate us?’

“I just think it takes times and there were things he wasn’t pleased about at Manchester United but now, it’s the same as any manager, they want to do as well as they can.

“He’s at a progressive club in Spurs, with a new training ground, new stadium, they’re trying to get better, try to win a trophy. He’s in the mix to get a Champions League position so it’s not all doom and gloom.” 

Spurs have a fight on their hands to qualify for the quarter-finals of the Champions League after losing 1-0 at home to RB Leipzig on Wednesday night.

The Lilywhites return to Premier League action with a visit to Chelsea on Saturday.

In other Tottenham news, Darren Bent has reacted to an “important” update on a “greedy” Spurs star.