Former Arsenal midfielder Merson, in his Daily Star column, said Mourinho regretted joining Tottenham as he was no longer "high-fiving ball boys" in reference to his celebrations in his second game in charge against Olympiacos.
Having made 11 appearances for Tottenham in all competitions in the early part of the season under the sacked Mauricio Pochettino, the 29-year-old Rose has played only five more times since Mourinho's arrival in November. "It was hard going out to train knowing I wasn't going to play".
Mourinho himself, though, has since moved swiftly to shut down any and all questions surrounding his current state of mind. I can not change myself.
Despite his team's upturn in form, Mourinho's arrival had a negative impact on Rose, who told BBC: "I do feel I wasn't given as much of a chance as everybody else in the backline".
"This time I fell asleep, I fell asleep and I woke up and it was so bad that I told him to bring the one [clipper grade] because hopefully my hair will grow again", he continued.
Fast forward three months and Mourinho has guided Tottenham to fifth, with only four points now separating his side and fourth-placed Chelsea after 25 fixtures.
Merson further noted that it would not last (Mourinho's success in the club).
Mourinho went on to confirm that he was present in Munich to watch Bayern's 0-0 draw with RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga on Sunday.
Tottenham Hotspur left-back Danny Rose has admitted that he found it hard to figure out an exact reason for Spurs' decline after last season's UEFA Champions League final defeat to Liverpool. Even the warm-ups. I can see what TV and video don't give me.
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