talkSPORT presenter Simon Jordan has taken aim at both the media and Tottenham Hotspur’s squad, following criticism of Jose Mourinho for seemingly shirking responsibility and pinning the blame for his side's disappointing 2-2 draw with Newcastle United on his players.
Joe Willock's late goal saw the Magpies snatch a point against Spurs at St James' Park on Sunday afternoon, and when questioned on why he appears to have lost the ability to ensure his side can grind out wins, Mourinho responded: “Same coach, different players.”
Today, opinion pieces from a number of leading football writers including The Times' Henry Winter, and the Telegraph's Matt Law, have taken aim at the former Chelsea manager for his abrasive manner in dealing with his players - some of whom are said to be unimpressed with Sunday's comments - and these assertions have been branded “media bias” by Jordan.
“It's a media bias... let's look at the reality of what is being alleged of Mourinho. Someone asks him a question, and he gives a factual answer... Same coach? Fact. Different players? Fact.
“If you (the media) want to turn it into some kind of sinister, macabre, pretentious observation of throwing his players under the bus - the same players who he defends regularly, but that doesn't get written about in the same flourishing style - the same players who were an absolute disgrace against Dynamo Zagreb, suddenly now are furious because their coach has made a factual observation.”
He continued: "A bunch of perennial losers (Spurs’s squad), that haven't won anything, that have got to FA Cup Finals regularly, that have got to Champions League Finals and stunk them out, that should have won the league when Leicester City won it (in 2016) - maybe, just maybe there should have been a change.
“I'm not suggesting that this constant, negative reinforcement of points at times from Mourinho is the right way to go, but to suggest that Mourinho - who has won something at every single club (he’s managed) - he's gone to Tottenham, and Tottenham aren't good enough.”
“It's a media bias about the reality of what Mourinho does and doesn't do. Mourinho divides opinion ...he holds people to account, Mourinho does things differently, he doesn't do things nicely at times.”
As things stand, Spurs are three points off a top four finish, with eight matches left to make up the ground.
West Ham United's 3-2 win over Wolves last night saw them leapfrog both Spurs and Chelsea into fourth place, and David Moyes’ side arguably have the most favourable end of season run-in between the trio.
Mourinho has controversially criticised his players on several occasions this season, and singled out the likes of £55m record signing Tanguy Ndombele and England international Dele Alli for criticism.
The 58-year-old, whose contract with the east London side expires in 2023, is currently second-favourite with the bookies to be the next Premier League manager to be sacked, behind Newcastle United's Steve Bruce.