Tottenham must win all three of their next league games if Jose Mourinho is to avoid the sack.
That is the view of former Spurs and Scotland defender Alan Hutton who, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted there was no room for error after a dire run of form.
Spurs have won just once – a 2-0 victory over relegation strugglers West Brom – in their last six top-flight games.
They did however manage to qualify for the next round of the Europa League with an 8-1 aggregate win over Wolfsberger on Thursday.
Spurs are now set to face Burnley, Fulham and Crystal Palace before visiting Arsenal for the second north London derby of the season.
Hutton has insisted Mourinho cannot afford anything but three wins in the build-up to the derby if he wants to remain in the dugout for the rest of the season.
Hutton told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “Simple fact is it’s got to be four wins out of four, that’s where he’s at at the moment.
“I don’t think there’s any room for any dropped points within that.
“Obviously, getting into the Europa League and into the last-16 was going to be no problem but the next three league games are teams that he should be beating, no problem.
“I know every game in the Premier League is difficult with the squad and the players he’s got at his disposal, he should be beating those teams and if he doesn’t the pressure will mount and he could go.”
Spurs have lost to Liverpool, Brighton, Chelsea, Manchester City and West Ham since the end of January.
They were also knocked out of the FA Cup in a 5-4 thriller against Everton.