Mourinho sacked ahead of cup final

19 April 2021 22:43:16 GMTPlus11

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy admitted things have "not worked out as we both had envisaged" after sacking manager Jose Mourinho with less than week to go until the EFL Cup final.

Mourinho arrived at the London Stadium in November 2019, replacing Mauricio Pochettino with the club 14th in the standings after failing to kick on after reaching the Champions League final the previous season.

The 58-year-old eventually guided the Londoners to sixth but his side have been plagued by inconsistency this term, spurning a 2-0 first-leg advantage as they crashed out of the Europa League to Dinamo Zagreb, while they have won only one of their last six games in all competitions.

With his team sat seventh, rumours regarding Mourinho's future have been circulating for some time but it was thought any decision would be delayed until after Sunday's EFL Cup final against Manchester City.

Tottenham announced the news on Monday morning, with Levy conceding that despite the best efforts of everyone involved, Spurs had failed to achieve their goals and that a change was needed.

A statement on the club's website read: "Jose and his coaching staff have been with us through some of our most challenging times as a Club.

"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."

Mourinho's backroom staff of Joao Sacramento, Nuno Santos, Carlos Lalin and Giovanni Cerra have also left N17, with former midfielder Ryan Mason set to take charge of Monday's training session.

Tottenham next play on Wednesday when they host Southampton in a game they are 4/5 to win, with the draw 29/10 and the Saints 16/5.

It's then on to Wembley against the Citizens, with them 11/4 to claim a first major trophy since 2008 by lifting the EFL Cup 2020/21.

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