Tottenham has fired its head coach Jose Mourinho on Monday after 17 months in charge, as he was preparing to take the club through the League Cup final.
Mourinho signed a contract deal with the club in November 2019 to replace Mauricio Pochettino, who unexpectedly led the club to the Champions League final before the team’s unexpected collapse in the next season.
Following his deal, Jose Mourinho could not get Tottenham back into the Champions League and has overseen another collapse this season as the team which was in first place in December has dropped drastically to the seventh position.
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy said, “Jose and his coaching staff have been with us through some of our most challenging times as a club.
“Jose is a true professional who showed enormous resilience during the pandemic. On a personal level, I have enjoyed working with him and regret that things have not worked out as we both had envisaged. He will always be welcome here and we should like to thank him and his coaching staff for their contribution.”
The former Chelsea boss sack comes only two days before a Premier League game against Southampton and with the League Cup final on Sunday against Manchester City. Tottenham, which hasn’t won a trophy since the 2008 League Cup, said youth coach Ryan Mason will be in charge of training for now.
This is Mourinho’s shortest time spent in a club since breaking into the big time with Porto in 2004. Disgruntlement over his tactics and methods have resurfaced in recent months, with Tottenham slipping out of the Champions League places and getting eliminated from the Europa League in the round of 16 after a surprising 3-0 loss at Dinamo Zagreb.
Tottenham is currently five points behind fourth-place West Ham, which occupies the final Champions League qualification place as the club has won only one of its last five games.
Meanwhile, the two teams above Tottenham, Chelsea, and Liverpool have games to play.
As it stands, Tottenham is heading into the League Cup final against City at Wembley Stadium without a manager and maybe without its front-line players, with Harry Kane having hobbled off late in the 2-2 draw at Everton in the Premier League on Friday.