Danny Mills has tipped the appointment of Jose Mourinho to see the power in the Tottenham changing room shift in favour of the club after Mauricio Pochettino’s reign.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Manchester CIty and England full-back says that the players had a significant amount of control under the Argentine boss as a result of their impressive rise up the Premier League.
Pochettino’s five-year spell in the dugout in north London came to an end on Tuesday night, with Mourinho appointed as the Lilywhites’ new boss on Wednesday morning.
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Mills says that the influence possessed by players at Spurs could be lost under the former Manchester United manager, insisting he will bring a new level of discipline behind the scenes.
Mills told Football Insider: “Mourinho, I’m certain he will rattle a few cages and he will not accept certain things and certain standards, and rightly so.
“The players in that dressing room have had an awful lot of power coming through and because of how well things have gone. Mourinho will maybe just tip the balance in favour of the club on that.
“I think Mourinho’s an outstanding manager still, I think he’s a fabulous coach. We’ve seen it go the other way – if players don’t buy into Mourinho, don’t buy into what he wants to do, we’ve seen it tip the other way. That is a real possibility after the past couple of managerial jobs for Mourinho.
“Equally, if he gets them playing well, there’s no reason they can’t start to look to challenge.”
Tottenham sit 14th in the Premier League ahead of Mourinho’s first match in charge, the Lilywhites taking on London neighbours West Ham in a clash between two sides who have underperformed this season.
The Portuguese manager’s return to European football will see his men host Olympiakos in the Champions League just days after the visit to the London Stadium.
In other Tottenham news, Paul Robinson has named a Spurs player who will be celebrating Pochettino’s sacking.