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Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho

Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho

Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho

Tottenham Hotspur players are losing patience with Jose Mourinho pointing the finger at them and insinuating they are not good enough to challenge for a top-four place.

Mourinho saw his team squander the chance to move into the top four after conceding a late equaliser to relegation-threatened Newcastle United on Sunday.

After the game, Mourinho gave the withering reply of “same coach, different players” when asked why he is having so much trouble at reproducing the ability to hold on to leads, as he has done so well at other clubs.

Mourinho has consistently suggested that some of his players, particularly his defenders, are simply not capable of performing at a better standard, while never doubting their work ethic or desire.

But it’s believed that players are getting fed up with the blame being shifted in their direction and away from Mourinho for a series of underwhelming results.

There was also confusion over Mourinho’s explanation of Toby Alderweireld’s absence from his team at Newcastle, as he claimed the Belgian had only returned from international duty the day before the game.

But photographs and video footage showed Alderweireld training on Thursday and Friday, as well as Saturday, leaving players mystified as to whether or not Mourinho had made a genuine error.

It is unclear how Mourinho’s assessment of the Spurs players has been received by chairman Daniel Levy, who previously backed them by sacking Mauricio Pochettino rather than overhauling the squad.

Time may be running out for the Portuguese and it’s expected RB Leipzig manager Julian Nagelsmann will be first choice to replace him.

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