Matt Doherty partly blames himself and Tottenham Hotspur players for the sacking of Jose Mourinho

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Tottenham Hotspur’s right-back, Matt Doherty has stressed that the players of the club contributed to the sacking of Jose Mourinho in April 2021.

He argued about how unfair it is for coaches to always take the blame when a club is not performing well. The right-back who is currently on international duty with the Republic of Ireland said players should always share in the blame because they are the ones on the pitch that should deliver the needed result.

Recall that Jose Mourinho joined Tottenham Hotspur in the 2019-2020 season and was not able to push the club into the top four and also failed to win any major title for the club.

The Portuguese tactician stayed on the job for the 2020-2021 season but a poor run of games forced Tottenham Hotspur to ask him to leave. He left the club when Spurs were sitting on the 7th spot.

Tottenham appointed Ryan Mason in an interim capacity and still could not help Tottenham beyond the 7th spot on the league table.

One of the reasons Mourinho was appointed was to help the club to win titles and return the club into the top four which he failed to achieve in 17 months. The biggest chance he had to win a title for the club was in the Carabao Cup. He was sacked less than a week before the final of the competition.

Matt Doherty believed that Jose Mourinho was not given enough time at Tottenham Hotspur. He insisted that the players failed to get the right result for the coach.

“He was only there for 18 months. If it was three or four years, it could be a different conversation, but we just weren’t getting the results for him”, he said.

“The manager is always the one to lose his job, but as players, we were the ones on the pitch and we weren’t able to get the results for him, which was a shame because he’s one of the best managers ever.”

Matt Doherty in action for Tottenham Hotspur.
Matt Doherty in action for Tottenham Hotspur.

One of the problems Jose Mourinho had at Tottenham Hotspur was that he experienced a couple of fall-outs with some of the players at the club. One of the players he had issues with at Tottenham Hotspur was Dale Ali.

Matt Doherty also suffered some setbacks under Jose Mourinho when the 29-year-old defender contracted coronavirus but he said he was happy with the amount of game time he enjoyed under the Portuguese tactician.

He said: “I got a fair crack of the whip. I still played 25, 26, 27 games – that’s a lot of games in a season, so I got a fair crack.

“I had a great relationship with him. He was my neighbor for the whole year, so the relationship was fine. He was a great guy, but unfortunately, these things happen in football.

“That was the case, but he is Jose Mourinho, he is one of the best and I have nothing but praise for him.”

From the 2021-2022 season, Jose Mourinho will serve as the manager of an Italian club, Roma. At the time of publishing this report, Tottenham were yet to get a permanent replacement for him.