English club Tottenham Hotspur announced, on Monday, that its Portuguese coach Jose Mourinho and his entire coaching staff “have been relieved of their duties”, seventeen months after they arrived at Tottenham to replace Mauricio Pochettino.
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“The club can announce today that Jose Mourinho and his technical team, João Sacramento, Nuno Santos, Carlos Lalline and Giovanni Serra, be excused from their duties,” the statement said.
Tottenham, the Premier League leaders in mid-December, suffered a major downturn and are now seventh, five points behind the qualifying spots for the upcoming Champions League.
The Portuguese coach was also criticized for the way his team played and there were rumors of tensions in the locker room.
“Jose and his coaching staff stood by our side in one of the most difficult times for the club. Jose is a great professional who has shown tremendous resistance during the epidemic,” the statement quoted Tottenham Hotspur president Daniel Levy as saying.
The timing of the announcement is surprising, as Tottenham play a crucial match in their battle for European places on Wednesday against Southampton, in the match that was postponed in Round 29.
On Sunday this week, the League Cup Final should be played against Manchester City at Wembley Stadium in London.
Mourinho will be replaced for the time being by Ryan Mason, former Tottenham player and coach of the U-19 team.
And according to the English newspaper The Independent, the Portuguese, who stayed on his contract for two years, will get 15 million pounds. settlement, Regarding the team’s position in the league.