Tottenham sacked manager Jose Mourinho, bringing a contract which was to run until the summer of 2023 to an untimely conclusion.
The former Chelsea and Manchester United boss was shown the door in north London days before Spurs are due to face Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final.
Mourinho was named Mauricio Pochettino’s successor in November 2019 due to his proven track record on the trophy front, but he will now leave empty-handed.
What did the Spurs say?
In a statement, Spurs said: “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.”
Spurs president Daniel Levy said: “Jose and his coaching staff have been through some of our most difficult times as a club with us. Jose is a true professional who has shown tremendous resilience during the pandemic.
“On a personal level, I enjoyed working with him and I regret that things did not work out the way we both envisioned. He will always be welcome here and we would like to thank him and his team. coaches for their contribution. “
Spurs have also confirmed that former club midfielder Ryan Mason, who is currently responsible for player development, will attend first-team training on Monday.
Mourinho’s record at Tottenham
Questions have been asked about the 58-year-old’s methods throughout his time at the helm of Spurs.
Accusations of being too cautious have never been far from the Portuguese, with a supposedly defensive mindset that has earned him few admirers among a demanding fan base.
He was able to guide Tottenham to the League Cup final this season, as they look to end a 13-year wait for tangible success, but now find themselves on the hunt for a new job.
Mourinho has won 86 games as manager of Spurs, recording 44 wins in those outings to go along with 19 draws and 23 losses.
The big picture
Spurs’ decision to sever ties with a top manager follows the club’s reveal that they will be part of plans to start a new Super League in Europe.
Goal has learned that the decision to part ways with Mourinho is based on results and not tied to the Super League announcement.
The Premier League’s ‘Big Six’ have all endorsed the proposal, with the intention being for the continent’s elite clubs to face each other in a midweek competition from 2021-22.
Mourinho will not enter this brave new world – at least not with Tottenham – and finds himself in the market after 17 months with a third English part of his coaching career.
Who could take over at Tottenham?
With the Spurs on the hunt for a new boss, their recruiting network should be widely publicized.
RB Leipzig’s highly regarded coach Julian Nagelsmann is leading the early betting market, with the 33-year-old’s services to be probed.
Former Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri is another name in the frame, along with Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers and club legend Ledley King.
Steven Gerrard, who has just guided Rangers to Scottish Premier League title glory, could also be approached, while former Liverpool and Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez finds himself unemployed and looking for a job. other role in England.