Paul Pogba’s “unbelievable” recent comments were key to Tottenham and their chairman Daniel Levy sacking Jose Mourinho.
That’s the opinion of former West Ham and Celtic striker Frank McAvennie, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about Pogba’s recent quotes preceded the manager’s dismissal on Monday.
In an interview with Sky Sports, Pogba hit out at Mourinho and compared him to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
He said, “Maybe Ole wouldn’t pick them, but it’s not like he puts them on the side like they don’t exist anymore. That’s the difference between Mourinho and Ole.”
Mourinho was sacked by Spurs a few days later after a 2-2 draw with Everton delivered a blow to the club’s chances of securing a top four finish.
McAvennie slammed Pogba for his interview and also claimed Levy may have been given some insight into how the Tottenham dressing room may feel about Mourinho by the comments.
“Pogba coming out with ‘Ole this, Ole that’, I mean I couldn’t believe that,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.
“It’s his ex-gaffer, give him a bit of respect. ‘Ole wouldn’t do that’, grow up. You wonder if Levy heard that and it’s contributed to how he thinks the squad feels.
“It’s only because Ole lets him get away with that. Pogba needed someone like Mourinho at Man United and he’s still needed at Spurs.
“Those players need someone who can tell them what’s what. Pogba played his best when Mourinho was at Man United, like how [Harry] Kane has improved now.”
Ryan Mason has been appointed as interim Tottenham boss until the end of the season and won his first game in charge 2-1 against Southampton.
Spurs have the chance to win some elusive silverware this weekend as they take on Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final.