Tottenham will be patient with under-fire boss Jose Mourinho amid calls for him to lose his job — but they might have acted differently in ordinary times.
That is according to ex-Premier League star Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after Spurs’ 2-1 loss to London rivals West Ham on Sunday.
That result pushed West Ham into the top-four and knocked Spurs back into 9th place, nine points off the pace in the race for the Champions League places.
Spurs have now lost five of their last six Premier League matches, with their only win in that stretch coming against relegation strugglers West Brom.
Mourinho is therefore under a great deal of pressure, with certain quarters of the Tottenham fanbase calling for the legendary Portuguese manager to be sacked.
But Whelan predicts that Spurs may show more caution in deciding their manager’s fate than they might have done under ordinary circumstances.
“Is it time for him to go? I think there’s a massive question mark for Tottenham there at the moment,” he told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs.
“I’m not sure whether it would be beneficial for Spurs to get him out of the club right now. I don’t know what managers are available that they would actually go for.
“This season, because it’s a very strange season, they might maybe give him the benefit of the doubt.”
Mourinho advocates will point out that the 58-year-old has guided Spurs to the League Cup final, a win in which would secure the club’s first trophy in 13 years.
His side are still going strong in the Europa League too and look set to reach the round-of-16 after a 4-1 victory over Wolfsberger in the round-of-32 first-leg.