Tottenham Hotspur said on Monday they had fired Jose Mourinho, the manager he had hired as the closest thing European football has to a trophy guarantee, six days before competing his first grand final with the club.
The Spurs appointed Mourinho in November 2019 in the hope that he would turn the team into serial contenders for the award. As club president Daniel Levy explained, he is “one of the best managers in world football” and has succeeded at every previous stop in his famous career, winning championships at FC Porto, Chelsea (twice), Inter Milan and Real Madrid.
Tottenham players were increasingly restless during his reign, making a special exception to his frequent attempts to blame them for the spur fights instead of taking at least some of the responsibility for themselves. Last week, when asked why his team did not have the defensive solidity of some of the championships it had won, he replied: “The same coach, different players.”
Levy decided on Friday night – after a 2-2 draw with Everton – to part with Mourinho, appointing two of his coaching staff Ryan Mason and Chris Powell to take over the club for the rest of the season.
Their first week will end with a League Cup final on Sunday, the country’s first trophy to be decided in England against Manchester City – just such an occasion that Mourinho was hired to reach and win. He won’t be given a chance now.