As if a huge injury list and four EPL defeats in five wasn't enough, Ange Postecoglou's long-time assistant coach Chris Davies is mulling over an offer to manage Swansea City.
Spurs rejected an approach from the Championship club to speak with Davies earlier this week, but the struggling Welsh side have not given up hoping of hiring Postecoglou's number two as Michael Duff's replacement.
Davies, who followed Postecoglou to Tottenham from Celtic, was on the touchline for Thursday's 2-1 home loss to West Ham, which made it four defeats in five.
Top-four rivals Newcastle are up next for Spurs on Sunday and Postecoglou admitted Davies could still leave for Swansea after that fixture.
"I've had a brief discussion with Chris and he knows we've got a busy week, so we'll focus on that," Postecoglou said.
"He's an outstanding individual; he's done some great work with us and great work in the past. It's not surprising to me that Swansea or other clubs would look at him.
"It's what you want to be honest. You want good people and when you've got good people, they're going to attract attention.
"From my perspective, whatever that transpires to, it's very much in Chris's hands.
"It's his decision in terms of what he wants to do moving forward and obviously the club will deal with it from there."
Davies leaving would be another unwanted disruption for Spurs, who remain without several key personnel due to injury and have not won since October 27.
But Postecoglou added: "I've always been relaxed.
"I have said in the past, it is part of my role to develop staff and I am really proud of the fact a lot of the guys I've worked with, the reason they are not with me as assistants is because they are senior managers in their own right.
"If you are looking for things that will be disruptive, you can use that as a clutch or an excuse for anything.
"We lost Harry Kane the day before the season started, so there is a disruption; we lost half the squad after one game, so there is a disruption. There will always be this.
"You can't work in a vacuum where everything is perfect and, for me, I have been relaxed in these kind of situations because I have always believed the environment will cover whatever challenges we have if we get it right."
Australian Associated Press