JOSE MOURINHO has been warned he could lose the Tottenham dressing-room after branding his players ‘lazy’.
That is the view of Spurs legend Teddy Sheringham, who has questioned the Portuguese manager’s tactics.
Mourinho’s season got off to a dreadful start as they slipped to a 1-0 home defeat to Everton on Sunday.
Afterwards, he blasted his side for their ‘lazy pressure’ against the Toffees.
Rumours have mounted since that the Spurs players were split over his remarks, and Sheringham thinks he could soon be fighting a losing battle in a similar style to his stints at Chelsea and Manchester United.
Speaking at Maurice Newman’s charity golf day in aid of Great Ormond Street hospital in Essex, the ex-England striker told Sportsmail: “I think you have to be careful that you don’t lose the dressing room very very quickly.
“And we’ve seen that he has done that in his last couple of jobs at Chelsea and Man United so he has got a tough job on his hands.
“He has to have a good look at himself about where he is and what he is saying to the press. Otherwise it could be a problem again.”
Sheringham also insists the current squad at Spurs are anything but lazy and instead he suggested Mourinho’s tactics were to blame for the loss against Everton.
He added: “Players aren’t lazy in general. I had this many times with England when top European teams came to Wembley and passed the ball around us.
“Everyone was trying hard but your tactics are wrong and you are just off the pace, and you want to get close to someone and they pop it around you.
“If you are not all on the same wavelength about when you press, when you sit off, that is where you end up and you look like you’re tired, you look like you’re lazy.
“But you’re not, it’s just the tactics are just not spot on and I think that’s where Tottenham were the other day.
“It’s first game of the season, it’s very harsh. They could play on the weekend and get their tactics right and look fantastic.
“So it could easily change but from one game, and the way Mourinho spoke about his players, I wasn’t overly-excited about how he – not pushed his players under the bus – but distanced himself from what the problem was.”
Tottenham and Mourinho bounced back to winning ways with a 2-1 win at Bulgarian minnows Lokomotiv Plodiv in the Europa League last night.
The travel to Southampton on Sunday and could go into that clash with a huge boost, with Gareth Bale set to complete his loan switch from Real madrid.
The Welshman jetted into Luton Airport this morning to finalise his return to North London.
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