Jose Mourinho and three Spurs players were pictured in north London, ignoring government rules to train during the coronavirus lockdown.
Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho has got into hot water again. The Portuguese organized a training session in a public park with Davinson Sanchez, Tanguy Ndombele and Ryan Sessegnon.
Footage emerged on social media of Mourinho in the park. He was wearing his trademark purple Spurs training top and tracksuit bottoms and overseeing a makeshift session with Tanguy Ndombele. In the video clip, Davinson Sanchez and Ryan Sessegnon were jogging side-by-side. This has undoubtedly aggravated the hierarchy at Spurs.
During the pandemic, the government has made it clear that outdoor exercise can be undertaken only with other people from the same household. Despite this, Mourinho went out with three of his players on Tuesday, appearing to run a mini-training session in London.
Mourinho’s decision to go out was careless
Spurs manager’s decision has unsurprisingly received a bit of a backlash. According to the Evening Standard, Tottenham’s faithful are ‘unimpressed’ with their manager’s decision, even reminding him about social distancing measures. A Spurs spokesperson said:
“All of our players have been reminded to respect social distancing when exercising outdoors. We shall continue to reinforce this message.”
The Portuguese manager’s decision is hardly the biggest sin that football has seen since the government lockdown started. But regardless of this, it’s still careless from Mourinho and his three players.
Since then Mourinho has apologised by saying:
” I accept that my actions were not in line with the government protocol and we must only have contact with members of our own household. It is vital we all play our part and follow government advice in order to support our heroes in the NHS and save lives.”
Tottenham players angry with Levy’s decision
Photo: Daily Express
In other news, Tottenham players are unhappy seeing non-playing staff get furloughed. According to The Daily Mail, seniors players are angry at what they see as an attempt by Daniel Levy to use the furloughing of back-room staff to pressure them into making cuts.
The Spurs chairman announced the decision ahead of last week’s Premier League summit on player wages. The players are also unhappy that Spurs are the only Premier League side using the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and not topping up the salaries of furloughed staff beyond the £2,500 a month paid by the Government.
Newcastle, Bournemouth, and Norwich have also put staff on furlough. But they have guaranteed they will get their full pay for the duration. Liverpool, meanwhile, has reversed its decision to use the scheme. But Spurs are standing by their decision. As a result, this has increased tension between some players and Daniel Levy.
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