JOSE MOURINHO says Tottenham selling Carabao Cup Final merchandise is not the act of a small club but of a desperate need to raise money.
Spurs were ridiculed on social media this week when they unveiled a range of souvenirs marking their Wembley clash with Manchester City on April 25 – with rival fans claiming teams should only celebrate winning trophies.
But Mourinho, who has been trying to instil a winning mentality at the London club, has no problem with keyrings, lanyards and commemorative mugs being sold after the pandemic hit finances hard.
He said: “We have empty stadiums, an incredible stadium always empty. How many millions is Tottenham losing every match we play at home?
“How many millions is Tottenham losing per month?
“We have to make money so we go to a final, try to sell some pins, some shirs, key-rings, anything. So well done.
“I think we have a marketing and merchandising department that is responsible for that and I presume that their job, maybe I am saying something silly, but I imagine that a very important thing in their job is to make money, right?
“So if you can make money selling anything, just make money.
“If you ask me if am I going to buy anything, I am not going to buy anything.
“If you tell me if you lose the final, what are you going to do with your silver medal, I am going to say first of all I think I am going to win the final and secondly if you want my silver medal I give to you because I don’t want to keep it.
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“But I think marketing and merchandising is about making money. Sell anything you can sell.
“You go to Man Utd matches and you realise well, even on TV, how many sponsors they have around the pitch. They sell everything.
“They sell mattresses, they sell pillows, they sell shoulder supports or neck supports … they sell everything. So probably they are doing very well.
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