Tottenham sack former Manchester United and Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho six days before EFL Cup final

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Jose Mourinho has been sacked by Tottenham – just six days before the club’s EFL Cup final against Manchester City.

Mourinho, who previously managed Manchester United, Chelsea and Real Madrid, replaced Mauricio Pochettino as Spurs boss in November 2019.

The Portuguese boss signed a four-year contract with the club but leaves north London after less than 18 months in charge.

Tottenham are currently seventh in the Premier League – five points outside of the top four – and face runaway leaders Man City in the EFL Cup final on Sunday.

In a statement, Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy confirmed Mourinho’s coaching staff of Joao Sacramento, Nuno Santos, Carlos Lalin and Giovanni Cerra had also been relieved of their duties.

‘Jose and his coaching staff have been with us through some of our most challenging times as a club,’ Levy said.

‘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.’

Ryan Mason, who played for England and Tottenham before he was forced to retire due to a head injury in 2018, will take temporary charge of Spurs.

Mourinho had been fighting to save his job since Spurs’ demoralising Europa League exit at the hands of Dinamo Zagreb in March. In his first campaign, Mourinho took Tottenham from 14th in the Premier League to finish sixth – securing Europa League qualification.

Earlier this season, Spurs briefly threatened to mount a title challenge before slipping down the table and outside of the Champions League places.

Their campaign reached its nadir in March when they blew a two-goal lead against Croatian side Dinamo Zagreb to crash out of the Europa League.

Mourinho’s last game in charge of Tottenham was a 2-2 draw at Everton on Friday.


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