Date: 29th April 2021 at 1:12pm
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Former Tottenham Hotspur captain Roberts has urged Jose Mourinho to take a long, hard look at how he conducts himself as a manager following his sacking from Tottenham Hotspur in an exclusive interview with This Is Futbol

Daniel Levy made the decision to sack the Portuguese earlier this month, bringing to an end a tumultuous reign in north London.

Mourinho has struggled to bring Spurs fans together throughout his reign, and has divided many within and outside the football club.

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He did guide the club to a final – although Ryan Mason was unable to lead them to victory at Wembley against City – but the standout result is arguably the 6-1 win over a depleted Manchester United earlier this season.

He did not win a trophy and will perhaps be remembered best for the humiliation against Dinamo Zagreb in the Europa League, where his side threw away a 2-0 aggregate lead and lost 3-0.

Mourinho also jettisoned a number of first-team players, using the likes of Dele Alli, Harry Winks and Gareth Bale sparingly at best.

And Roberts believes that Mourinho has simply lost touch with how to manage in the modern era.

Speaking to TIF, he said: “I think Jose needs to go away and have a look at how to run a football club properly now. You can’t upset people. You cannot do that. It’s impossible.

“You upset one player, he might be friends with another player and he might be friends with another player and they’re thinking, ‘well if it happens to him, it’s going to happen to me’.

“You can’t have that. You’ve got to put your arms around them and mollycoddle really, that’s the way football’s gone.”