While accepting that he was trying to do the right thing, senior players are frustrated with sending the wrong message when the whole country is in the middle of the lockout.
They believe it is vital that footballers follow the rules and lead by example, as many fans admire and follow their example, so a workout in a public place is a terrible goal.
Spurs boss Mourinho wanted to work with Tanguy Ndombele and it would be difficult to imagine a player in this situation declining the manager’s offer.
But it seemed even worse after Davinson Sanchez and Ryan Sessegnon started running side by side at Hadley Common with all the players living nearby.
Mourinho and his team of coaches regularly follow training sessions via video link, but the Portuguese man struggled to die out because he is so determined and intense.
Mourinho was already facing pressure even before the virus as he fought to overthrow the club’s fortune and place them in the top four places.
He knows he has to keep players on the line as the club faces a difficult task of rebuilding the team with limited funds in the future due to the coronavirus crisis.
This could be a major test for Mourinho and he clearly wants to get back to work, which may explain his impromptu workout.
But Mourinho’s statement admitting that he made a mistake will serve as a wake-up call, but is also another goal of the club, which suffered a public relations disaster during the coronavirus lockout.
Tottenham put its non-player staff on leave, but this came despite the announcement by President Daniel Levy, who received £ 7 million last year, including a £ 3 million bonus for delivery from the stadium on time.
Levy implemented the leave plan for 550 non-players and, while other clubs have made a difference to ensure staff are paid in full, they have not done so.
This provoked a violent reaction against Tottenham and, in particular against Levy, but the Spurs hierarchy does not intend to reverse its decision despite criticism from wealthy football clubs plunged into government rule when it was introduced to save sick companies and employees.
MEPs spoke out against football and Liverpool reversed its decision to lay off staff, which only intensified criticism of Tottenham.
Tottenham is also one of the Premier League clubs that incite players to take salary deferrals or cuts during the coronavirus crisis.
But after Levy’s winnings have been revealed, players are unlikely to receive them with much sympathy.
It was an embarrassing time for the Spurs and their fans reacted angrily with one of the large groups of supporters also urging them to turn around.
The Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust attempted to make a final call for Levy to change his mind by posting a social media post that read: “We are now saying it clearly and in public – no longer harms reputation from the club, listen to your Fans. “