Kevin Phillips has claimed Tottenham are “under the spotlight” after a tumultuous season both on and off the field in north London.
The 2000 European Golden Shoe winner, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested the appointment of Jose Mourinho, new stadium and initial furlough decision have put Spurs under increased scrutiny.
Daniel Levy came under widespread criticism when he announced the club would furlough all non-playing staff amid the coronavirus pandemic but the decision was eventually reversed.
This was despite the club announcing record-revenue figures for the year ending 30 June 2019, as revealed by Football Insider.
This season Spurs moved into their new £1billion state of the art stadium.
The Daily Mail claim the club is close to agreeing a world-record £250million deal with Amazon for the naming rights to the ground.
When asked by Football Insider if the Lilywhites are suffering an image crisis amid such off-field developments, Phillips said: “They have been more talked about.
“It is a combination of getting to the Champions League final and moving into the new stadium – one of the best stadiums in the world.
“There was a lot of criticism for their furloughing of their staff but they reversed the decision and you have to give credit. They held their hands up and admitted they were wrong and they deserve credit for that.
“Tottenham are under the public spotlight now because of that and of course, having Mourinho in charge. What has happened on the pitch this year has not helped.”
Long-serving manager Mauricio Pochettino was sacked in November and replaced by former Chelsea and Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho.
However, there has not been an immediate turnaround in north London, Spurs winless in six prior to the suspension of fixtures.
In other Tottenham news, Paul Robinson has told Football Insider 22-year-old is ‘a victim of Mourinho’ as exit nears.