LONDON: Tottenham have sacked Cristian Stellini, with Ryan Mason taking over as head coach after Sunday’s “wholly unacceptable” 6-1 collapse at Newcastle.

Spurs fell five goals behind in the opening 21 minutes on a day which further dented their ambitions of qualifying for the Champions League.

Stellini was appointed in an interim role having worked under Antonio Conte, who was himself sacked less than a month ago.

Chairman Daniel Levy said: “Sunday’s performance against Newcastle was wholly unacceptable. It was devastating to see. We can look at many reasons why it happened and whilst myself, the board, the coaches and players must all take collective responsibility, ultimately the responsibility is mine.

“Cristian will leave his current role along with his coaching staff. Cristian stepped in at a difficult point in our season and I want to thank him for the professional manner in which he and his coaching staff have conducted themselves during such a challenging time. We wish him and his staff well.”

Mason, 31, will take the reins for a second time having also acted as interim head coach in 2021 following the sacking of Jose Mourinho.

Levy continued: “Ryan Mason will take over head coach duties with immediate effect. Ryan knows the club and the players well. We shall update further on his coaching staff in due course.

“I met with the player committee today – the squad is determined to pull together to ensure the strongest possible finish to the season. We are all clear we need to deliver performances which earn your amazing support.”

Spurs are now outsiders in the race for a Champions League place and sit six points adrift of Manchester United – who they host on Thursday night – despite playing two games more.