LONDON: Tottenham have sacked manager Jose Mourinho after 17 months in charge of the North London club.
Tottenham face Manchester City on Sunday at Wembley in the League Cup Final – their only chance of domestic silverware – under caretakers Ryan Mason and Chris Powell.
The decision followed only hours after another storm when Tottenham were revealed as one of the six Premier League plotting to set up a breakaway midweek European Super League.
Mourinho was a controversial replacement for sacked Mauricio Pochettino in November 2019 and guided them to a sixth place finish after a poor start to the campaign under the Argentinian.
However, Spurs were unable to push themselves back into the top-four picture and sit 7th with six games of the current league campaign remaining. Mourinho’s coaching staff of Joao Sacramento, Nuno Santos, Carlos Lalin and Giovanni Cerra have also been relieved of their duties.
Their Europa League campaign also ended in defeat at the round of 16 stage. Holding a 2-0 first leg lead over Dinamo Zagreb, Spurs were stunned by a second leg comeback in Croatia as they crashed out 3-2 on aggregate.
In a statement, 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.”
Julian Nagelsmann, the highly-rated coach of RB Leipzig, is an obvious target for Tottenham though they may well face competition from German champions Bayern Munich who are losing Hansi Flick at the end of the season.
Nagelsmann, 33, has already developed a reputation as one of the most exciting coaches in European football and finished third in the UEFA Men’s Coach of the Year voting in 2020.
When he was thrown into the Hoffenheim job at 28 years old, the club were facing relegation from the Bundesliga. However, they would win seven of their remaining 14 games of the 2016/17 season which kept them out of any relegation involvement.
The following campaign saw Hoffenheim finish 4th and qualify for the Champions League. They were beaten in the play-off round by Liverpool but they would improve with a third place finish in 2017-18.
Nagelsmann made the switch to Leipzig in the summer of 2019 and took the club to the semi-finals of the Champions League in his first season in charge. They beat Tottenham 4-0 on aggregate scoreline in the second round en route for the semi-finals.