Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane gave his verdict today on why things didn’t work out under former manger José Mourinho.
The ex-Chelsea and Inter boss was sacked by the Londoners in April after eighteen months with the club. Less than a month later, though, he was unveiled as the new manager of Roma, signing a three-year deal with the Italian capital side.
When asked about Spurs’ lack of success under ‘The Special One’, Kane hinted at a few factors that may have played a role.
“Jose obviously expected us to be men and act like men on the pitch, have leaders on the pitch,” he explained on The Overlap.
“To be honest, that’s probably where it didn’t quite work out with Jose — we didn’t quite have enough leadership that we needed at the time. The club was in a difficult stage, with Mauricio getting sacked it’s never easy for a new manager coming in.”
“I think with Jose…I had a great relationship with him, we got on from minute one. I think we understood each other, we had a similar mentality and how we saw stuff on the pitch, off the pitch and mentality in training so we kind of built that relationship,” Kane revealed.
“Again it’s a shame we couldn’t go on to win things but I’ve been lucky enough to work with Mauricio and Jose, they’re two incredible managers that’s only helped me in my career for sure.”
He added, “Jose just wanted to win. That was the mentality he was trying to put into the players at Spurs, do anything to win.”
“And I think like you said, we did become more streetwise, but maybe there was relationships that didn’t quite work there but from my point of view, he was great for me.”