Jose Mourinho is backing West Bromwich Albion boss Slaven Bilic to turn things around at The Hawthorns.
Bilic is under pressure after a winless start to life back in the Premier League for Albion.
West Brom welcome Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur to B71 tomorrow (12pm) still looking for their first League victory of the campaign.
Pressure is mounting on Bilic with Albion in 18th place after seven games, losing 2-0 to fellow relegation battlers Fulham last time out.
Reports surfaced on Thursday night claiming that, should Albion sack the former Croatia boss, former Birmingham City midfielder and current Charlton Athletic manager Lee Bowyer would be considered for the vacancy.
Mourinho, meanwhile, thinks it is unfair that there is talk of Bilic being sacked after helping Albion back into the top flight.
“I don’t know if he is under pressure or not,” Spurs boss Mourinho said. “If he is, it is difficult to understand because he has helped the club in such a difficult position after being relegated.
“He brought them back to the Premier League and we started the season just a couple of months ago. It is also a strange league at the moment.
“You win a game you are up in the table, you lose one and you are back down again. So I really don’t understand why he is under pressure, if that is the case.
“But he is a big boy and he has a lot of experience which can help his club and I am sure he can cope with anything he has to deal with.”
Bilic yesterday insisted that his players are fired up and remain committed to the task in hand.
“I have been in football a long time, I am experienced and the pressure is always there,” he said. “The expectations are always high. I thought we were going to do better as a team and as individuals, but I also knew there was a genuine chance this is us.
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“It doesn’t mean we are not a good team – but there are many reasons why this is real for us, why it has happened.
“What did everyone predict? That we are going to be rock bottom. Rock bottom. Are we rock bottom? No. We are in the relegation zone by one point. Am I happy about that? No, but are we going to panic and lose confidence and lose belief? No.”