Jamie Redknapp believes Jose Mourinho must take responsibility for Tottenham’s decline this season.
They were beaten 3-0 by Manchester City on Saturday and were second best from start to finish.
Speaking on Sky Sports, Redknapp said Spurs looked “a shadow” of the team which led the Premier League table earlier in the campaign.
And the former Spurs and England star believes Mourinho has made key mistakes by changing the style of play and by making too many alterations to the defence.
Redknapp also suggested Mourinho’s man-management has been poor.
“It feels that he’s trying to make other people happy with the way they’re playing,” Redknapp said.
“When they were doing well it wasn’t a joy to watch – I said ‘I’m not enjoying this football but it’s winning for them’.
“Now it’s almost like he’s trying to please the fans. And this isn’t working.”
Redknapp added: “Rotating back fours all the time – when does that bring anyone any confidence?
“Then he’s said they’ve made mistakes – yeah, because you keep changing the back four every week.
“It’s a team lacking confidence. He has to accept responsibility for that.”
The disappointment of Spurs fans has been compounded by Dele Alli being snubbed by Mourinho and Gareth Bale failing to impress since returning to the club on loan from Real Madrid.
Redknapp said: “He brings in Dele Alli and Gareth Bale. He wants them to bail him out.
“He’s been treating them badly – they’ve not been in the team and now you’re asking them to make a difference for you.
“That is not how modern football works. Players are like: ‘Nah, not for me’.
“You need to keep players on side and Jose in making a habit right now of upsetting too many people that he needs as allies.”