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Matt Doherty Fights Back At Narrative Surrounding Mourinho's Spurs Exit

Matt Doherty Fights Back At Narrative Surrounding Mourinho's Spurs Exit

Jose Mourinho didn't work out at Spurs. While there was a period where it looked as though he could extract the best from the team, it's fair to say that things quickly grew stale towards the end.

In the end, it was no surprise to see him dismissed from the North London club.

The players looked burnt out towards the end of his tenure, while there was also rumours of some discontent in the dressing room.

Matt Doherty doesn't necessarily agree with that. The Irishman was brought to the club by Mourinho last summer, and while he found himself out of the side in the second half of the season, he still thinks very highly of his former manager.

Speaking ahead of Ireland's game against Hungary on Tuesday evening, Doherty said that he disagrees with the assessment that he wasn't given a fair chance under Mourinho, also believing that the squad were not burnt out by the Portuguese boss.

I definitely got a fair crack of the whip. I still played 25, 26, 27 games, that's a lot of games in the season to play so I definitely got a fair crack.

Look, I had a great relationship with him. He was my neighbour for the whole year where I lived, so the relationship between me and him was fine. I thought he was a great guy.

Unfortunately these things happen in football. He's Jose Mourinho and he's one of the best ever, so I've got nothing but praise for him...

I don't think we were burnt out, he was only there for 18 months. I think if it was three or four years then it could be a different conversation.

We just weren't getting the results for him. The manager always seems to be the one that loses his job, but as players we were the ones on the pitch and we weren't able to get the results for him.

It's a shame because he's one of the best managers ever.

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Doherty admitted that he has not been obsessing over who his next manager would be, but one name linked to the job is Nuno Espirito Santo.

The Dublin worked with 47-year old for a number of seasons at Wolves, during which time he was one of the most productive fullbacks in English football. He said he is unsure if Espirito Santo will end up at his current side, although he doubts he will be out of the game for too long.

I seen that (he was linked with Spurs). I don't know how true that is, I see him linked with some other places.

It's no surprise, in my opinion he's a world class coach with a coaching staff who are world class all around him.

He will find a pretty good job soon enough.

For now, Doherty's focus is very much on helping Ireland secure a second consecutive win after their victory over Andorra earlier this week.

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