Tottenham chiefs reportedly had two major concerns that fuelled their decision to sack Jose Mourinho on Monday. Spurs axed the Portuguese despite having a Carabao Cup final against Manchester City to look forward to this Sunday.
Mourinho’s dismissal comes in the wake of the bombshell that Spurs are one of six Premier League clubs who have announced their intent to join a European Super League.
And the north London outfit stunned English football yet again with it emerging on Monday morning that they have parted ways with Mourinho, who had been in charge since November 2019.
His coaching staff Joao Sacramento, Nuno Santos, Carlos Lalin and Giovanni Cerra have also all departed the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Mourinho’s 17-month reign comes to an end with Spurs sat seventh in the Premier League table and five points off of fourth-placed West Ham after a 2-2 draw against Everton on Friday.
Yet the 58-year-old was set to lead the club into the Carabao Cup final this weekend as Spurs seek a first trophy since 2008.
The Athletic say that the sudden nature of Mourinho’s axing is borne from the club being unhappy with the manager’s public criticism of his players.
And Spurs chairman Daniel Levy and the club’s powerbrokers were also said to be conscious that the vast majority of the fanbase had turned on the ex-Chelsea and Manchester United boss.
Levy and co. were aware that Tottenham fans would have made their discontent heard once they return to the club’s stadium, potentially next month.
First-team coaches Ryan Mason and Chris Powell are expected to take charge for the rest of the campaign and a statement from Levy read: “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.”
Despite the possibility of League Cup success, Spurs have also toiled in the FA Cup – losing to Everton – and the Europa League – throwing away a 2-0 lead to lose 3-2 to Dinamo Zagreb in the last 16 – to go with their league turmoil.
RB Leipzig’s Julian Nagelsmann is among the main candidates to replace Mourinho at Tottenham.
But the German is also said to be a target for Bayern Munich, whose manager Hansi Flick has asked to terminate his contract at the end of the season.
Bayern released a statement expressing their disapproval over the matter however, so it is not clear whether or not Flick – under contract until 2023 – will be allowed to quit his role.