Michael Brown has suggested Jose Mourinho changed his management style to try and get the best out of Tanguy Ndombele at Tottenham.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Spurs and Leeds midfielder claimed that the Portuguese boss needed to shake up his methods after the French midfielder lifted the lid on their relationship.
Speaking to Sky Sports, the 23-year-old confessed that Mourinho’s public criticism last season “didn’t hurt” but that they “didn’t necessarily motivate” him either.
Mourinho questioned the midfielder’s fitness levels and motivation last season as he struggled for consistency in his first season at the club.
Brown has suggested that the Tottenham manager has adapted his methods to try and get a tune out of Ndombele after the former Lyon man admitted his words had little effect last term.
Brown told Football Insider: “I think Mourinho has to change if that’s what he’s said, that it doesn’t make him extra motivated.
“I think you always try to prove you deserve a place in the team and in that squad, in the midfield area, you’re looking over your shoulder all the time.
“At times you get criticised, it’s about how you react. Mourinho’s questioned Dele Alli as well, hasn’t he, about the hunger, where you’re going to be, are you going to look back and say you regret certain things?
“Listen, they just have to work hard to get back in the team regularly.”
Ndombele told Sky Sports: “His words didn’t hurt me. They didn’t necessarily motivate me either. It was just something that I assimilated and took on board.
“Of course it’s not something that you like to hear, those sort of words, but that was last season and we are looking to the future.”
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