Tottenham Hotspur could axe Jose Mourinho come end of the season if he fails to secure Champions League football.
The North London giants saw curtains on their European campaign despite holding a 2-0 aggregate advantage ahead of the second leg against Dinamo Zagreb.
Failure to progress in the Europa League means a top four finish in the Premier League is the only route to Europe’s top-tier competition for next season.
Champions League football is a must for Spurs’ finances that has already taken a hit due to the Covid pandemic.
According to the Daily Mail, the qualification was seen as a priority target for the Portuguese gaffer to achieve. Failure to do so is likely to result in Mourinho losing his job even if he wins the Carabao Cup final against Pep Guardiola’s City to end the club’s long trophy drought.
At this point it’s tough to see how the ex Chelsea manager will manage to fulfill the Champions League football aspirations at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium with his side currently six points adrift of his former club, who currently occupy the fourth place in the league standings.
The aforementioned report also adds that the process of finding a suitable replacement for the 58-year-old has already started.
RB Leipzig manager Julian Naglesmann, who knocked Spurs out of the Champions League last season, is considered the ‘perfect candidate’ by many behind the scenes.
Then again, no European commitment during the business end of the season could be blessing in disguise for Mourinho and company in their bid to finish in the top 4 as most of their rivals for the same spots are still playing in the Champions League and Europa League.