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José Mourinho struggling to paint over cracks in Tottenham’s season

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It appears José Mourinho does not spend his evenings poring over Dulux colour charts. As Tottenham’s new partnership with the paint company began on a less than glossy footing, the club’s puzzled, and under-pressure, manager inquired: “What is Dulux?”

While Mourinho was putting his players through their training-ground paces before Friday’s vital Premier League trip to Everton, Spurs announced Dulux had become their official paint supplier, with the signing of this deal marked by the company’s trademark shaggy dog taking a tour of the stadium and training ground.

Shortly afterwards, Dulux’s social media team began making a series of apparent diplomatic gaffes as they responded to Twitter users’ teasingly sarcastic responses to images of that canine sightseeing trip.

Not content with mocking Tottenham’s recent silverware shortage, they posted a picture of an empty trophy cabinet, said it would be too dusty to paint and suggested the Dulux dog “might do a better job” at centre half than Mourinho’s struggling defenders.

Although these posts were hastily deleted, Tottenham’s perplexed manager was inundated with questions about the tweets during his pre-match media address but did not appear to realise Dulux was a brand of paint.

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