West Ham v Tottenham: Match in pictures
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Tottenham’s failure to include a break clause in Jose Mourinho’s contract with the club could come back to haunt them if they feel a change of direction is required. Spurs are now ninth in the Premier League table and nine points adrift of the top-four following the 2-1 defeat to West Ham in east London.
The Hammers are loving life under David Moyes and are dreaming of a memorable finish after inflicting another damaging blow to Tottenham’s Premier League ambitions.
Earlier this season, Mourinho’s side looked like genuine title contenders following wins over Manchester City and Arsenal.
Yet defeats to Liverpool, Brighton, Chelsea, Everton (FA Cup), City and now West Ham, have seen the pressure mount on Mourinho, whose tactics look outdated.
Supporters have grown tired of his selections and defensive style, while the team have failed to deliver results.
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The Portuguese is still hopeful he can deliver silverware though this season in the Carabao Cup final.
Usually, the match would be taking place this month but the game has been rescheduled to April 25 and will be a test event for this summer’s European Championships, with fans expected to be present at Wembley Stadium.
Not even a trophy could mask the alarming nature of Tottenham’s shambolic Premier League decline in recent months.
Daniel Levy may not be living to rue his decision not to include a break clause in Mourinho’s Tottenham contract.
It means the club does not withhold the right to end his deal – which runs until 2023 – without a significant payout.
According to Portuguese outlet A Bola, Spurs would have to fork out a whopping £34.8million to sack Mourinho.
That is almost double the £20m that Tottenham paid Mauricio Pochettino and his backroom staff following his dismissal in November 2019.
It’s understood that Tottenham have only just completed payments to Pochettino, who is now in charge of Paris Saint-Germain.
Manchester United paid out £19.6m to Mourinho and six of his coaching staff following his sacking in December 2018.
He could now well be set for an even bigger payday should Tottenham wish to pull the trigger.
Mourinho is said to be convinced that he has a long-term project at Tottenham though and does not feel like his job is under immediate threat.
Yet having spent £99m last summer, there is an expectancy to deliver this season or risk losing the likes of Harry Kane and Son Heung-min.
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