Jose Mourinho threw his Tottenham stars under the bus with his post-match comments against Newcastle United, according to Alan Hutton.
The former Spurs defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested there may now be some discontent among the dressing room after the 2-2 draw on Tyneside.
Speaking to BBC Sport about the defensive strength of his old sides compared to his current Spurs team, Mourinho said: “Same coach, different players.”
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A series of defensive errors led to Joelinton’s opener for Steve Bruce’s men, while Spurs’ failure to clear their lines saw Joe Willock smash home an equaliser.
The draw means Spurs currently sit sixth after 30 games, three points off fourth.
Hutton admitted he would have been furious as a player hearing his manager speak about the team as Mourinho did.
As such, he suggested the Portuguese boss might need to change his ways to avoid losing the dressing room.
Asked how he would have felt as a Spurs player, Hutton told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “Cheers gaffer for throwing me under the bus. Thanks a lot.
“We’re just having to get used to these sort of quotes. It’s basically Mourinho saying: ‘Well, I’m coaching them the best I can, I’m the same person. The players are different and making silly mistakes.’ That’s his opinion but they are.
“I can see why he gets frustrated. I mean, obviously, the first goal was a catalogue of errors really. Tanganga gives the ball away, Sanchez can’t clear the ball, a missed tackle on the edge of the box by Hojbjerg. One pass and it’s a goal.
“So I do see why he gets frustrated but I think the manager’s job is to protect the players sometimes. I don’t think it’s all about it’s their fault, it’s nothing to do with me. I think, as a manager, it’s not a good way to be.
“If I’m a player in that dressing room, I’m saying: ‘Hold on a second. Yes, it’s been a disappointing season, we’ve been up and down.’
“I think they’ve lost something like 15 points from winning positions, which isn’t great.
“You know as a player it’s not where you want to be but you want your manager to help you, not make you look silly in front of everybody. It’s a bit disappointing when you see those sort of comments.”