Tottenham Hotspur has parted ways with coach José Mourinho. Corresponding reports from the “Telegraph” and “The Athletic” were confirmed by the club on Monday afternoon. The 58-year-old Portuguese won only one of the past six games with Spurs and slipped to seventh in the Premier League. Tottenham is four points behind Europa League place five. Ex-professional Ryan Mason is to take over as team manager until the end of the season.
In addition to the threat of missing out on international business, the club’s management has reportedly been unhappy with Mourinho’s constant public criticism of the players. This had also turned the fans against the starting coach. A corresponding negative mood had been expected for the fan return to the stadiums.
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“José and his coaching staff have been with us through some of our most difficult times as a club. José is a true professional who has shown tremendous resilience during the pandemic. Personally, I enjoyed working with him and regret that things didn’t go the way we both envisioned. He will always be welcome here and we would like to thank him and his coaching staff for their contribution,” said CEO Daniel Levy.
Mourinho’s dismissal comes just six days before the League Cup final against Manchester City (Sunday, 5:30 p.m.). The Portuguese, who had won the Champions League with FC Porto and Inter Milan, had succeeded Mauricio Pochettino in November 2019. In 86 games, Mourinho scored an average of 1.77 points.
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In the Europa League, Spurs were defeated by Croatian representative Dinamo Zagreb in the round of 16 despite a first-leg win. Just hours before Mourinho’s dismissal, the club had confirmed its participation in the controversial Super League.
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For the time being, the team will be coached by ex-professional Mason. The 29-year-old made the leap from junior to professional at Tottenham in 2009 and played a total of 70 games for Spurs until 2016, but was repeatedly loaned out to other clubs during that time. In March 2018, Mason had to end his active career with Hull City after suffering a fractured skull at the age of 26.