Tim Howard has blamed Ange Postecoglou for Yves Bissouma’s red card against Nottingham Forest.
The Mali international caught the Nottingham Forest captain late and high with a reckless tackle.
The referee showed a yellow card first but after a review on the pitch side monitor, the yellow was upgraded to a red.
This was the second time he has been shown a red this season which means he is now set to miss four games for Spurs with suspension, including games against Everton, Brighton, Bournemouth and the FA Cup tie against Burnley.
He then travels for AFCON in January and is set to miss another four to six games along with Pape Matar Sarr.
Spurs have a horrible disciplinary record this season having picked up 4 red cards and 46 yellow cards in 17 games in the Premier League alone.
And Tim Howard has blamed the manager for the lack of discipline in the team and urged him to make some changes soon.
He told The 2 Robbies:
“Certain players need to get it out of their game. Yves Bissouma, there’s no place in the game to go strongly and recklessly into a challenge when the ball’s on the floor – it’s different if the ball’s bouncing – and you go right under the guy’s knee with your studs. It’s uncalled for.”
“But the discipline part of it, we saw it with Tottenham’s North London rival Arsenal. They had a horrific disciplinary record under Mikel Arteta. And I was one to say look, he’s a former teammate of mine, Arteta, but this begins and ends with the manager. You tell your players undoubtedly everyone stays on the pitch. If not, two weeks wages, I’m going to fine you. We are hurting the team.
“So it begins and ends with the manager. And so when I look at Postecoglou, he doesn’t bat an eye in the face of adversity and gives his players free will to press and to make mistakes. That’s all fine and well. But at a certain point, you have to bring everything back in, settle everyone down and say, listen, this is going to hurt us in the long run. We have to get our discipline under control.”
We do not agree with Howard. Ange asking players to be cautions would take the urgency and intensity that they show in pressing and winning the ball back.
It’s part of the aggressive style of play he has instilled.