Daniel Levy is planning to give Jose Mourinho another year as Tottenham manager regardless of how this season pans out, Football Insider can exclusively reveal.
The prospect of Mourinho losing his job has been mooted after a post-Christmas slide that has seen the team crash out of Europe and their hopes of a top-four finish hanging by a thread.
But all-powerful Spurs chairman Levy is ready to back the Portugese and keep him in charge next season.
A Tottenham source has told Football Insider that Levy intends to continue to stand by Mourinho even if the team do not end their trophy drought and fail to secure a top-four finish this season.
The long-running chairman believes the combustible 58-year-old can oversee what is expected to be a major summer rebuild.
That would enable Mourinho to have more time to build his own team rather than manage the one he inherited from Mauricio Pochettino.
The source explained that only a catastrophic end to the season is likely to see Levy change his mind.
This comes amid a backdrop of growing discontent among supporters at the methods of Mourinho.
A survey of Premier League fans by the Athletic site found that Tottenham fans rank 19th on managerial happiness, ahead only of crisis club Newcastle United.
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.
More significantly, the Portugese’s track record is such that Levy believes the team can churn out results next season without spending big in the summer market.
The Londoners have a golden chance to end their lengthy trophy drought next month when they face Man City in the League Cup final.
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