Jose Mourinho has been sacked as the manager of Tottenham Hotspur, less than a week before Sunday’s Carabao Cup final against Manchester City.
Mourinho was called to a meeting by chairman Daniel Levy on Monday morning and he was given the marching orders by the Spurs owners and board as Spurs struggled in the league.
Tottenham had a fantastic start to the season under Mourinho as they were first in the league and for the longest time, spent their time in 4th before Son Heung-Min’s first injury. They have struggled since then and the atmosphere around the North London club has been tumultuous and extremely negative.
The club officially confirmed post the meeting that the Portuguese man along with his coaching staff – Joao Sacramento, Nuno Santos, Carlos Lalin and Giovanni Cerra – had all been “relieved of their duties”, with Ryan Mason – who is just 29 years old – taking charge as the interim manager.
It is highly unlikely that the decision had anything to do with Spurs’ agreement to join the European Super League and was purely based on the performance over the last couple of months as they now languish in 7th place.
Mourinho was asked by Sky Sports News to respond to his departure as he arrived back at his house in London, but said: “I’m not going to speak. You know me, you know that I’m not going to say anything.”
When asked if he would be taking a break, Mourinho said: “No need. I am always in football.”
Spurs have accumulated the fourth highest number of Premier League points since Mourinho took charge from Mauricio Pochettino and would be fourth in the table if all the games played since he took charge were taken into account.
Thank you for everything Boss. A pleasure to have worked together. I wish you all the best for your next chapter. pic.twitter.com/n3MLECMdC1
— Harry Kane (@HKane) April 19, 2021
That was not enough for Daniel Levy and Tottenham, however, as this season has ended up being a rather disappointing one.
Levy was gracious post his sacking of Mourinho and he said, “Jose and his coaching staff have been with us through some of our most challenging times as a club.
“Jose is a true professional who showed enormous resilience during the pandemic. On a personal level, I have enjoyed working with him and regret that things have not worked out as we both had envisaged. He will always be welcome here and we should like to thank him and his coaching staff for their contribution.”
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