LONDON – Tottenham have sacked Jose Mourinho after just 17 months in office as they prepare to lead the club to the League Cup final.
Mourinho was appointed in November 2019 to replace Mauricio Pochettino, who unexpectedly led the London club to the Champions League final before the team collapsed next season.
Mourinho failed to bring Tottenham back into the Champions League and led the club to another collapse this season. The team finished first in December, but a series of poor results dropped them to seventh.
“Jose and his coaching staff had a very difficult time with us as a club,” Tottenham president Daniel Levy said. Jose is a true professional, he showed tremendous resilience during the epidemic. On a personal level, I enjoyed working with him and I regret that things have not changed in a way that we both have a vision. He is always welcome here and we thank him and his assistants for their cooperation. “
Mourinho’s departure comes two days before the Premier League game against Southampton and the League Cup final against Manchester City on Sunday. Tottenham, who have not won a trophy since the 2008 League Cup, have revealed that they have coached young coach Ryan Mason.
This is the shortest time Mourinho has been in charge of the club since entering the scene with Porto in 2004.
Dissatisfaction with his tactics and methods has returned in recent months, with Tottenham dropping Champions League places and knocking him out of the Europa League in the 16th round, losing 3-0 to Dinamo Zagreb.
Tottenham are five points behind fourth-placed West Ham, who are in the final Champions League qualifying spot. The club have won only one of their last five games.
Tottenham are now heading to the League Cup final against City at Wembley Stadium without a manager and their best player, as Harry Kane exited in the 2-2 draw at Everton in the Premier League on Friday. It was Mourinho’s last game.