Tottenham have fired Jose Mourinho after 17 months in office, the club confirmed.
The Spurs announced the decision on Monday morning, less than 12 hours after confirming that they will be founding a new European Super League along with five other English clubs, including Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool.
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy said: “Jose and his coaching staff have been with us during some of our most difficult times as a club. Jose is a true professional who has shown great resilience during the pandemic.
“On a personal level, I enjoy working with him and I regret that things did not work out as we both anticipated. He will always be welcome here and we would like to thank him and his coaching staff for their contribution.”
Tottenham are seventh in the Premier League, with five points from the top four, and face Manchester City in the EFL Cup final on Sunday.
Mourinho had lost 13 games in all competitions this season, more than anyone else in his managerial career, and sources told ESPN that several members of the team were disappointed with his willingness to publicly criticize players after defeats.
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The 58-year-old successor succeeded Mauricio Pochettino in November 2019 with the specific goal of winning silverware and maintaining the club’s presence in the Champions League.
Mourinho had shown signs of tension during a tense exchange with reporters at recent press conferences, but sources say he had faith that defeating City this weekend and handing the club’s first trophy in 2008 would save him time.
ESPN announced on February 19 that the Spurs want to wait until the end of the season before determining the fate of Mourinho, mainly to clarify in which European competition the club will play next season. They continue to fight to qualify for the Champions League, but this race is thrown into chaos by Sunday’s dramatic announcement of the formation of a new Super League in which the Spurs plan to take part.
Although there are likely to be a number of legal challenges and strong opposition to the existing structure of the game, these clubs from the vanguard’s vanguard are confident of success and the timing of Mourinho’s release is another sign that the Spurs expect this new vision to become a reality.
The Spurs have confirmed that coach Ryan Mason will take over training on Monday. Sources told ESPN that Mason and Chris Powell are likely to be hired temporarily until the end of the season, when the search for a new manager begins.