Darren Bent says Daniel Levy deserves credit for taking a chance on the appointment of Jose Mourinho as Tottenham’s latest manager.
Spurs had been under the management of Mauricio Pochettino for more than 5 years and he helped them to reach the final of two competitions.
But his team started the 2019/2020 season in poor form, and it cost him his job.
Most Tottenham fans have been used to their team playing beautiful attacking football, and some wouldn’t have enjoyed the news of Mourinho becoming their latest manager.
While he always wins trophies, Mourinho’s teams have never played the most entertaining football.
Bent says that credit has to go to Levy for recognising that the team had reached its limit under Poch and appointing Mourinho to take them to the next step.
The Special One has led them to the final of the Carabao Cup, Bent says winning it will make his appointment ultimately justified.
He told Football Insider: “That’s really big from Daniel Levy because he gets a lot of criticism anyway. When he let Poch go, I’m pretty sure that’s when he received most of his criticism.
“But he understood what was going on. Maybe he saw it and realised Poch has got them as far as he can. So he goes and gets Mourinho, someone who’s been there and done that?
“I think great credit has to go to Levy for A) recognising potential and knowing what needs to be done and B) taking a great risk because it could have backfired.
“He could have brought Mourinho in, it could have been horrible, the atmosphere could have been terrible. But the fact they’re in a league cup final will show a lot of Spurs fans that this was the right decision.
“But there will only be 100% validation if he actually wins something.”