Jamie Redknapp reckoned Jose Mourinho wouldn't have made much difference to Tottenham's Carabao Cup chances had he still been in charge for Sunday's defeat to Manchester City.
Mourinho's sacking as Spurs manager caused shockwaves not because his departure was unexpected, but because he was axed just six days before a cup final.
Rookie manager Ryan Mason was handed a testing first week in the job, with City proving too much for his side at Wembley following last Wednesday's comeback victory over Southampton.
And Redknapp suggested Mason's predecessor Mourinho would have been no more likely to mastermind victory – despite the fact he remains the only manager to have got the better of City boss Pep Guardiola in a final.
He said Sunday's performance was similar to Tottenham's previous display against City – a 3-0 Premier League defeat back in February.
“I think everyone will say: ‘Would Jose have a difference if he was here for this game?’, but it didn’t have a different feel to when they played at the Etihad a couple of months ago," the former Tottenham midfielder said on Sky Sports .
"There was a gulf in class then and I think it was pretty much the same."
Redknapp said Spurs should have given up on trying to play out rom the back and City, and instead learned from Chelsea's FA Cup semi-final win over the league leaders the previous weekend.
"You have to be so careful because we all believe in a philosophy," said Redknapp. "You want to play out from the back, but if a team is pressing you and they get success with it and they can’t get out, there has to be a time, even as a player where you accept this isn’t working.
"Then you go to the halfway line, try to turn them and get down the sides, a little bit like Chelsea did last week.”
Meanwhile, former Spurs midfielder Jamie O'Hara disagreed with Redknapp's assertion that the timing of Mourinho's departure made little difference.
O'Hara excused Mason from blame for the defeat, instead taking aim at Tottenham's hierarchy for dispensing with Mourinho – whose Real Madrid side beat Guardiola's Barcelona in the 2011 Copa del Rey final.
"You can’t blame Ryan Mason because he’s only been there a week," O'Hara told talkSPORT.
"Who sacks Jose Mourinho? He’s a man that wins titles and finals, only Spurs would do that…
“Only Spurs would sack a manager that can beat Pep Guardiola in a final a week before the final! It’s unheard of.
“It was a Jose Mourinho performance without Jose Mourinho on the side. I was hoping to see something different.”
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