After just 17 months in charge, English Premier League team Tottenham Hotspur has sacked the three-time league winner José Mourinho over struggling delivery at the North London. The 58-year-old was appointed as Spurs manager in November 2019, taking over from Mauricio Pochettino and leading the club in the sixth-place finish in his debut campaign in charge.
“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,” the club said in a statement. “Ryan Mason will take first team training today and a further update will follow in due course.” Mourinho’s coaching staff, Joao Sacramento, Nuno Santos, Carlos Lalin, and Giovanni Cerra, have also been relieved.
The former Chelsea, Manchester United and Real Madrid boss leaves the Spurs’ seventh in the Premier League table, five points off the UEFA Champions League places. Mourinho, who led the team to the final of the EFL cup, will miss his potential maiden trophy with the club if they beat Manchester City at Wembley on April 25. His last game in charge was Friday’s 2-2 draw away in the league at Everton.
The Spur’s chairman, who previously described Mourinho as “one of the two best managers in the world”, thanked him for his contribution to the club in a statement. “José is a true professional who showed enormous resilience during the pandemic,” Daniel Levy said. “On a personal level, I have enjoyed working with him and regret that things have not worked out as we both had envisaged.
Despite starting on top of the table, Tottenham struggle under the Portuguese boss during the rest of this season. They were knocked out of the Europa League last month and have a very small chance of qualifying for the Champions League next year. He also recorded 13 defeats across all competitions, 10 of which came from EPL, in the same season for the first time in his career.
According to reports, Mourinho’s firing is not related to the announcement of the controversial Super League, where Tottenham is among the 12 top European clubs, along with AC Milan, Arsenal, Atletico Madrid, Chelsea, Barcelona, Inter Milan, Juventus, Liverpool, Manchester City, and Manchester United. Rumors circulated that Mourinho was against the new competition.
Reports claim that that Julian Nagelsmann and Brendan Rodgers are two coaches that the club eyes to take over the role at Tottenham. However, RB Leipzig boss Nageslmann is set to take over at Bayern Munich when Hansi Flick departs at the end of the season, while Leicester would definitely keep Rodgers, who is under contract at the King Power Stadium until 2025.
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