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Jose Mourinho sacked as Tottenham manager

Jose Mourinho has been sacked as Tottenham Hotspur manager after being summoned for talks on Monday morning, less than a week before the Carabao Cup final.

Mourinho’s stormy tenure finally comes to an end as chairman Daniel Levy takes drastic action over the club’s disappointing second half to the Premier League season.

It is understood that Levy made the decision this week, six days before the League Cup final, because it would give him more time to appoint a replacement for next season. Also, the Spurs chairman hopes to allow for a bounce under the caretaker-management team that might carry the club into the top six.

Telegraph Sport believes first-team coaches Ryan Mason and Chris Powell will take charge for the remainder of the campaign.

At 11am on Monday morning, Tottenham released an official statement confirming Telegraph Sport’s breaking news, saying: “The club can today announce that Jose Mourinho and his coaching staff, Joao Sacramento, Nuno Santos, Carlos Lalin and Giovanni Cerra, have been relieved of their duties…

“Ryan Mason will take first-team training today and a further update will follow in due course.”

Levy, added: “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.”

Tottenham’s 2-2 draw at Everton on Friday night left them seventh in the table, five points adrift of the Champions League places, and Levy decided enough was enough.

Mourinho, who was appointed as Mauricio Pochettino’s successor in November 2019 and guided the team to a sixth-placed finish in his first season, has dropped more points from winning positions this term than any other Premier League club and his relationship with a number of players has been fractious.

The 58 year-old was officially told the news this morning, according to sources. The draw with Everton on Friday night meant Spurs have just one win from their last five games and were eliminated from the Europa League in March. 

They play the League Cup final against Manchester City at Wembley on Sunday, in what could be the club’s first trophy since they won the same competition in 2008.

Tottenham return to league action on Wednesday night with a game against Southampton.

How much of the decision to terminate his contract was a result of Tottenham’s entry in to the Super League remains to be seen, but they will now have the funds to cover Mourinho’s hefty pay-off fee.

Why has Mourinho been sacked?

Form

The Portuguese has paid the price for a disappointing campaign, with Spurs currently seventh in the league and with little chance of making the top four.

They also suffered an embarrassing Europa League exit to Dinamo Zagreb in the last-16 which further weakened Mourinho’s position.

That may not prove to be too much of an issue, given Tottenham’s involvement in the controversial European Super League – but Mourinho will not be the man to lead them in the new breakaway competition should it materialise.

Mourinho has also been denied the chance of delivering a first piece of silverware to the club in 13 years, with Spurs set to take on Manchester City at Wembley on Sunday.

Premier League 2020/21 latest standings (top eight)

Relationship with players

By Matt Law

For some time now, Tottenham’s players have been losing patience with Mourinho pointing the finger at them and insinuating they are not good enough to challenge for a top-four place.

On April 4, Mourinho saw his team squander the chance to move into the top four of the Premier League after conceding a late equaliser to relegation-threatened Newcastle United.

After the game, Mourinho gave the withering reply of “same coach, different players” when asked why he is having so much trouble at reproducing the ability to hold on to leads, as he has done so well at other clubs.

Mourinho has consistently suggested that some of his players, particularly his defenders, are simply not capable of performing at a better standard.

And the players have been getting fed up with what they felt had become blame being shifted in their direction and away from Mourinho for a series of underwhelming results.

What next for Mourinho?

By Jonathan Veal

European job

Having disappointed at Manchester United and now Tottenham and with the modern game seeming to favour a different type of manager, Mourinho might have to accept that his days over managing a top-level club are over. Prior to his appointment at Spurs only Lyon had shown any interest in appointing him, which perhaps goes to show how he is viewed. Of course, there will still be many teams who would jump at the opportunity of having such a proven winner at their club, but the Portuguese may have to look lower down the list than he might once have done.

Vitoria Setubal

Mourinho said at his Tottenham unveiling press conference that he would like to be at Spurs for five years before moving back to Portugal to manage Vitoria Setubal. Setubal is his hometown club and they could do with him at the helm after a tricky time where they were relegated from Portugal’s Primeira Division last season. They are on course to bounce back straight away, leading the second tier table, but it might still be too early for a return to the coastal town Mourinho calls home just yet.

Pundit

After his sacking at Manchester United in December 2018, Mourinho filled his time at the weekends by working as a pundit for Sky Sports. He admitted to enjoying the job and said he made friends while he was there. He was well received by the viewers and was able to offer an insight that none of their other pundits could. A return to the studio could definitely be an option if he finds work hard to come by.

Retirement

This looks the least likely option as the Portuguese’s desire to keep working remains strong and he said earlier this season that he has 20 more years left in him. But after more than two decades in management and approaching 60, Mourinho may contemplate taking a rest and enjoying the riches he has earned back in his homeland.

National team

Mourinho stated as recently as September that managing at international level interests him, but not yet. However, if the right opportunity presents itself, it would be something he might have to consider. He has mixed feelings about coaching his home country of Portugal, but with their current boss Fernando Santos 66 and in the job for seven years already, that might be a vacancy that comes up soon. Mourinho said of his ambitions: “Yes I want to do a national team. Not yet. I want to do by the end of my career, I want to have that experience of doing a World Cup and Euro, that short competition and that emotion of that short competition would be something I’d like to do.”

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