A Tottenham “dressing room revolt” is around the corner if the team do not turnaround their season, according to Noel Whelan.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider editor Wayne Veysey, the ex-Leeds United and Coventry City striker claimed “unhappy players” will already be plotting January exits.
Whelan suggested the players may make up the mind of chairman Daniel Levy about Mauricio Pochettino’s future if results do not rapidly improve.
Football Insider revealed in the aftermath of the 7-2 Champions League mauling by Bayern Munich that Levy would stick by Pochettino, although speculation is growing after the hapless performance in the weekend 3-0 defeat to Brighton.
“A lot of Tottenham players want to go and there’s a lot of unrest in the dressing room,” Whelan told Football Insider. “Is the manager able to turn it around?
“That’s the question that will decide his fate. If the results don’t improve, there is a dressing-room revolt coming. A lot of players are obviously unhappy and, when it comes to January, they will be thinking about leaving.
“Ultimately, Pochettino has to get the players back playing for him. Not just five or six, but the whole team. Otherwise, he’s in trouble.”
Tottenham have headed into the international break ninth in the league table, facing a major battle to qualify for the Champions League knockout stages and eliminated from the League Cup.
Spurs, who were in the Champions League final just four months ago, have failed to win in their last 10 away games in the Premier League, stretching back to a 2-1 victory at Fulham on 20 January.
In total the club have lost 17 matches on the road in all competitions in 2019 – more than any other top-flight side.
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