Tottenham have sacked Jose Mourinho after 17 months, the club confirmed.
Spurs announced the decision on Monday morning, less than 12 hours after confirming that they will be founding members of a new European Super League along with five other English clubs Chelsea, arsenal, Manchester United, Manchester city and Liverpool.
Tottenham Chairman Daniel Levy said: “Jose and his coaching staff have spent some of our toughest times as a club with us. Jose is a true professional who has shown tremendous resilience during the pandemic.
“Personally, I enjoyed working with him and I regret that things did not work out the way we both imagined. He will always be welcome here and we would like to thank him and his coaches for their contribution.”
Tottenham is seventh in the Premier League, five points behind the top four and face Manchester city in the EFL Cup Final on Sunday.
Mourinho had lost 13 games in all competitions that season, more than any other in his managerial career, and sources told ESPN that several squad members were frustrated by his willingness to publicly criticize players after losing.
The 58-year-old succeeded Mauricio Pochettino in November 2019 to win silver and maintain the club’s presence in the Champions League.
Mourinho had shown signs of tension at press conferences recently during the tense exchanges with reporters, but sources claim he believes it will buy him time to beat City this weekend and deliver the club’s first trophy since 2008 .
ESPN reported on Feb. 19 that Spurs wanted to wait until the end of the season before deciding on Mourinho’s fate, mainly to clarify which European competition the club would play next season. They remain in a battle to qualify for the Champions League, but that competition was thrown into chaos on Sunday night by the dramatic announcement of the formation of a new Super League that Spurs will compete in.
While there is likely to be a number of legal challenges and strong resistance within the game’s existing structure, the clubs at the top of the runaway are confident it will succeed and the timing of Mourinho’s elimination is another sign that Spurs will do for this new vision a reality awaits.
Spurs confirmed coach Ryan Mason will take over training on Monday. Sources have told ESPN that Mason and Chris Powell are expected to be temporarily appointed until the end of the season when the search for a new manager begins.