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Tottenham's 2-1 defeat to West Ham could be the 'final nail in the coffin' for Jose Mourinho as Spurs manager.
Michael Antonio put the Hammers 1-0 up in the contest before Jesse Lingard doubled the advantage after the break.
Lucas Moura pulled one back for the visitors on 64 minutes but the north Londoners were unable to find an equaliser.
Spurs have now lost five of their last six matches in the Premier League and are nine points adrift of the top-four.
And according to reports before the game in the Daily Mail, it's a run which could spell the end for Mourinho.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy now has a big call to make – perhaps his biggest since assuming the role in 2001.
Does he stand by his man, or does he cut Mourinho loose in an attempt to save Tottenham's wavering season?
Mourinho was appointed Spurs boss in November 2019 on a contract which runs until the end of the 2022-23 season.
Crucially, there is no break clause in Mourinho's deal, which means he would be due a huge pay out if he was to be sacked.
The economic uncertainty of coronavirus makes it unlikely that Tottenham would want to entertain such a prospect.
The club took out a £175million loan from the Bank of England in 2020 and their new £1billion stadium remains empty.
Yet the club may have to consider the unthinkable with the increased possibility of no Champions League football next season.
Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers is one of the names who has been linked as a potential replacement for Mourinho.
While other suggestions include the likes of Rafael Benitez, Ralf Rangnick, Julian Nagelsmann and Eddie Howe.
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Spurs legend Ledley King is a member of Tottenham's backroom staff and could be a temporary option until the end of the season.
The good news for Mourinho at least is that his side have a winnable run of fixtures coming up in the Premier League.
Tottenham host Burnley next week before a trip to Fulham and another London derby against Crystal Palace on March 7th.
Three wins from those matches could catapult the north London back into top-four contention and ease the pressure on Mourinho.
And spite of their latest defeat to West Ham, the Portuguese boss wasn't all doom and gloom after the match.
He said: "I feel sad, obviously. I feel the result should have been a different one from what we played especially in the second half.
"That is my feeling and a little bit of deja vu. Their defensive line was brilliant. Their centre-backs gave us a very difficult match. We started the game with a mistake and started the second half with another one.
"The team in the second half was trying absolutely everything. We had the chances, hitting the post, great crosses across the face of goal. We had easy shooting positions to score so we should have scored more goals.
"I have spoke about this for such a long time and it is not always good to stay on the same page. I believe people who watched the game understood completely the nature of the goals we conceded.
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"They fought, this is not a criticism it is to praise their spirit. They fought, they fought hard but they just fought. We were the team that tried to play but the boys were not lucky."
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