The relationship between Daniel Levy and Jose Mourinho is increasingly strained at Tottenham, Football Insider understands.
The prospect of Mourinho losing his job after just 17 months has been mooted on the back of a slide that leaves their hopes of a top-four finish hanging by a thread despite last weekend’s thrashing of Burnley.
A Tottenham source has told Football Insider that Levy will continue to stand by Mourinho while there is the prospect of winning a trophy as well as a place in next season’s Champions League.
But, there is tension behind the scenes between the two ultra-experienced operators.
In the words of one figure familiar with the workings of Tottenham, Levy and Mourinho are “not the ideal fit”.
Mourinho is publicly supportive of the chairman and seemingly accepts his hands were tied in January by the financial restrictions endured by Tottenham and most other top clubs.
Yet, beneath the surface, all is not entirely well as Spurs’ season reaches crunch point.
Levy has previously been said to have been impressed by Mourinho’s charisma and immense confidence in his ability.
But that has started to wear thin during a year-and-a-half of working closely together.
The chairman has held off from pushing the panic button, due to a multitude of factors.
Not least of these are the fact there is still plenty to play for this season as well as the vast cost of sacking Mourinho.
The Londoners face Man City in next month’s League Cup final and are also in the Europa League last-16.
Europe is set to become especially key in the coming weeks as victory in that competition guarantees a moneyspinning position in next season’s Champions League.
Even if Tottenham fail to end their trophy drought or seal a place in next season’s Champions League, it is not cut and dried Mourinho will be sacked.
His track record is such there is a feeling among Spurs chiefs the team can churn out results next season without spending big in the summer market.