Jose Mourinho "never right fit" as Spurs encouraged to go for Brendan Rodgers

Former Tottenham and England legend Teddy Sheringham has said Jose Mourinho was "never the right fit" for Spurs.

Mourinho was sacked by the Premier League club last week, just six days before the Carabao Cup final which Tottenham lost 1-0 to Manchester City.

During his 17 months at the club, the former boss recorded 27 wins in 58 Premier League matches and was victorious in 51 per cent of games across all competitions.

In the absence of a manager, ex-player Ryan Mason has taken the reins at Spurs while the club look for a permanent replacement.

But while some were stunned at the timing of Mourinho's exit, Sheringham has said the sacking wasn't a shock.

Sheringham told Gambling.com: “I wasn’t surprised by the decision, especially when you hear the little murmurs from behind the scenes suggesting it was more about money, that if they got into Europe they would find it harder to sack him because it would cost them even more money.

“But ultimately they’ve made the decision because they’ve felt he’s not the man to take Spurs forward. I’m not surprised by the situation, there’s been a lot of grumblings from the Tottenham fans.

“For a manager who has won so much, you would have thought he’d have gotten applauded into the club when he first came, but that was never the case. It just never felt like the right fit.

“There was a little spell where Jose’s light was shining again but it soon dimmed out and the Spurs fans were quite understanding that it wasn’t working.”

The 55-year-old, who scored 98 goals in 197 appearances for Spurs, has also suggested Leicester City manager and former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers should be the person to step into Mourinho's shoes.

He added: “If I had the pick of the bunch and Tottenham were ready to go out and spend big money, which I presume they will, then I would go and break the bank for Brendan Rodgers.

“I think he’s done an outstanding job at the different clubs he’s been at. He knows the Premier League very well, he knows his system and how he wants the game to be played. He takes the game to the opposition, he doesn’t wait to capitalise on other peoples’ mistakes and he likes to control the game a bit like how Pep Guardiola does.

“Given the funds that were available for Jose Mourinho, if Rodgers was backed with the same sort of money then I think he would do a fantastic job.”

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