Tottenham stars slammed by pundit after damning Nuno 'leak to the media'
Kevin Phillips has slammed Tottenham players for their part in shifting blame onto Nuno Espirito Santo for their recent struggles in the Premier League.
The former Sunderland striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, criticised the “moaning” stars for making similar grumbles about Nuno’s predecessor, Jose Mourinho.
A Tottenham source told Football Insider (October 12) senior players are “unimpressed” and “unhappy” with their new manager’s methods and communication.
It is understood that the ex-Wolves manager has “few allies” within the Spurs dressing room.
Tottenham ended a run of three consecutive defeats last time out in the Premier League with a slender 2-1 victory over Aston Villa.
Defeats against Crystal Palace, Chelsea and fierce rivals Arsenal had brought about the first question marks of Nuno‘s reign.
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Phillips criticised the Tottenham stars for not approaching the new Spurs boss with their concerns.
“We heard all of this when Mourinho was in charge,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.
“Players were moaning that his training sessions weren’t good, his communication skills were lacking – this and that.
“I just think players look for excuses when things aren’t going right, and naturally they blame the manager.
“They certainly weren’t saying that after three or four games when they were sitting top of the league.
“As a collective, you go and discuss these things with the manager in a room. You don’t go and leak it to the press and the media.
“Unfortunately, it’s just the era that football is in, the players are constantly talking to their agents.
“Back in the day that would never happen, you’d sit down and iron the problem out.“
Tottenham sit eighth in the Premier League after seven games.
The Lilywhites travel to newly-acquired Newcastle on Sunday.