Tottenham players are already doubting Jose Mourinho after two months in charge

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Jose Mourinho hasn't made the impact at Tottenham Hotspur that he would have hoped for.

Everybody knew that replacing Mauricio Pochettino would be one of the toughest jobs that Mourinho has taken on and seldom has he moved to a club with such restricted transfer funds.

Spurs still find themselves far behind the Champions League spots in ninth place, below Sheffield United and Wolverhampton Wanderers, and with nine points of catching up to do.

The north London club have been particularly poor in recent weeks: drawing 2-2 at Norwich City, losing to both Southampton and Liverpool and drawing a blank away to Watford.

Mourinho has inspired the club to five wins in the Premier League, but the impressive late victory at Wolves is the only time they've beaten one of the clubs around them.

Slow start for Mourinho

That's not to mention a shaky start to their FA Cup campaign - Spurs' only realistic hope of silverware this season - where they narrowly overcame Championship side Middlesbrough in a replay.

So, it would be fair to say that Mourinho has plenty of work to do and there are already signs of fatigue when you consider the reports emerging from the Tottenham camp.

First, there were rumours of a bust-up between Mourinho and Danny Rose after the Watford draw and now The Sun are reporting that the Spurs dressing room is losing faith in their boss.

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Is Mourinho losing the dressing room?

Sources have informed them that Tottenham's leading players have 'grown frustrated at the Portuguese’s approach' less than two months into his reign.

It's explained that there's an over-emphasis on long-ball tactics, which are described as 'old-school', in training and that Mourinho's sessions are being branded ‘lower-league’.

Some players even think that the club has gone backwards since Pochettino departed.

There's believed to be an acknowledgement that things went downhill under the Argentine latterly, but that Mourinho hasn't turned things around as many had expected given his CV.


And there's particular concern surrounding the treatment of record-signing Tanguy Ndombele, who was twice criticised by the 'Special One' over the festive weeks.

There are worries within the dressing room that Ndombele's 'mindset has been damaged' after Mourinho's claims that, despite not being injured, he wasn't in a suitable condition to play.

GIVEMESPORT's Kobe Tong says

It's hard to question these sort of murmurs when they seem to follow Mourinho everywhere he goes.

The Portuguese has always been about about winning games in any manner possible, regardless of entertainment, so it doesn't sound unfeasible that Mourinho is peddling retrograde tactics.  

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But perhaps the biggest disappointment is that all this talk of Mourinho having turned over a new leaf and caught up with the times seem to have been dispelled in absolutely no time at all.

It usually takes three seasons for Mourinho's tenures to implode, but perhaps taking on such a tricky job has accelerated that process tenfold. Don't get too used to seeing him in the dugout, Spurs fans.

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