Simon Jordan has defended Jose Mourinho and branded his Tottenham Hotspur team as ‘perennial losers’.
In the aftermath of Spurs’ draw with Newcastle United, Mourinho was quizzed about why his current team struggle to hold on to leads when he has forged a reputation for being so pragmatic.
The Portuguese simply replied, ‘Same coach, different players’ and it was perceived by many as a dig at his Spurs squad.
Having crashed out of the Europa League already and with their Champions League qualification hopes finely in the balance, the former Chelsea and Manchester United manager knows he may well need to win the Carabao Cup to stave off the critics.
Yet his sole chance of winning a piece of silverware would mean defeating a formidable Manchester City side which are romping to the Premier League title when they meet at Wembley.
There are strong reports Mourinho is facing the axe in the summer if he fails to deliver a top four finish.
But Jordan leapt to the defence of serial winner on talkSPORT, as he insisted the team he inherited from Mauricio Pochettino is simply not good enough and the players .
“Let’s look at the reality of what is being alleged of Mourinho,” he said. “Someone asks him a question, he gives a factual answer.
“It’s a factual answer. Jose, what happens to teams that used to be very good at defending a lead?
“Same coach, fact. Different players, fact. You want to turn that into some sinister, macabre, pretentious observation of throwing his players under the bus.
“The same players, by the way, that he defends quite regularly, but that doesn’t get written about in quite the same flourishing style.
“We don’t see the headline saying, ‘Spurs delight’ when Mourinho is praising his players. The same players by the way that were an absolute disgrace against Dimano Zagreb.
“Suddenly now, they are furious because their coach has made a factual observation. A bunch of perennial losers that haven’t won anything, that have been knocked out of FA Cup semi-finals regularly, that got to a Champions League final and stunk the final out, that should have won the league when Leicester City won it.
“Maybe, just maybe, there should have been a change. I’m not suggesting that this constant, negative reinforcement at times of points from Mourinho is the right way to go.
“But Mourinho has won something at every single club. He has gone to Tottenham and they are not good enough!”