Former Tottenham striker Teddy Sherringham has warned Jose Mourinho that he has to also take some responsibility instead of passing the blame on to his players when things don’t go right, otherwise, he will lose the dressing room.
Mourinho was unhappy at his players’ contribution as they lost 1-0 to Everton in their first Premier League game of the season.
The Portuguese manager accused his players of being lazy in the game as he was frustrated to have started the league season on a losing note.
One telling decision that he made in that match was to remove Dele Alli from the game after the first half, but blaming his players for the loss wasn’t appropriate according to the former Man Utd star.
Sherringham claimed that sometimes players can do their best and still come short probably because of the tactics employed by the manager.
He urged Mourinho to also share the blame when things go wrong and not just put it all on the players.
“Players aren’t lazy in general. I’ve had this many times with the England team in the past when top international teams had come to Wembley and passed it around us, everyone was trying – but the tactics might have been wrong,” said Sheringham, via Goal.com.
“If you’re not all on the same wavelength about when you press, when you don’t – that’s where you end up. You look like you’re tired, you look like you’re lazy, but you’re not, it’s just the tactics are not right. That’s how Tottenham looked against Everton.
“It’s only the first game of the season, it’s hard to say as they could play at the weekend, get their tactics right and look fantastic. It could easily change.
“But from one game and the way Mourinho spoke about his players, I wasn’t overly excited about how he distanced himself from what the problem was.
“You have to be careful that you don’t lose the dressing room, we’ve seen that he’s done that in his last couple of jobs at Chelsea and Manchester United. He’s got a tough job on his hands.
“He’s got to have a good look at himself about where he is and what he’s saying to the press otherwise it could be the same again.”