Jose Mourinho sacked: Why have Spurs sacked Mourinho and was it to do with European Super League?

Manager dismissed by Tottenham Hotspur just six days before the Carabao Cup Final against Manchester City

Jose Mourinho has been sacked as Tottenham Hotspur manager.

Jose Mourinho has sensationally been sacked as manager of Tottenham Hotspur.

Mourinho had been under pressure after a disappointing season, and hadn’t won any of his last three Premier league games to leave Spurs slumped in seventh spot.

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We take a look at his record at the club and the reasons behind his departure.

Why have Tottenham Hotspur sacked Jose Mourinho?

Mourinho has been Spurs manager for 18 months, replacing Mauricio Pochettino who took Spurs to the Champions League final in 2019.

After a slip in form following that final, Pochettino was sacked with chairman Daniel Levy opting to bring Mourinho back to the Premier League.

However, results haven’t gone as desired and Spurs are currently seventh in the Premier League table, five points of a Champions League place, and bowed out of Europe in the early stages this season.

Daniel Levy , chairman of Tottenham looks on from the stands while wearing a face mask.

The club were also unhappy with Mourinho's constant criticism of the players in public, and were aware that fans had turned against the manager over a perceived negative style of play despite having Harry Kane, Son and Gareth Bale in attack.

Does Mourinho's sacking have anything to do with the European Super League?

Spurs were revealed to be one of the six Premier league clubs who have signed up for the controversial European Super League.

Mourinho is understood to be against the proposal, and is a strong believer in the pyramid system that operates in football.

However, reports that he had fallen out with Daniel Levy about the Super League plans are wide of the mark and Mourinho’s sacking is believed to be purely due to results.

What have Spurs said? Daniel Levy’s statement in full

Spurs released a statement on Monday morning confirming Jose Mourinho and his coaching staff Joao Sacramento, Nuno Santos, Carlos Lalin and Giovanni Cerra have been relieved of their duties, and stating that former midfielder Ryan Mason was taking first team training.

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."

How has Mourinho performed at Tottenham?

Mourinho was brought in to take Tottenham to the next level and win them a trophy.

Having crashed out of the Europa League, they only have a Carabao Cup final on Sunday against Manchester City as a chance to lift silverware. Mourinho now won’t get the opportunity to add it to his collection of League Cup triumphs.

Their form has nosedived particularly of late, with only one league win in their last five games. The run has included defeats against rivals Arsenal and Manchester United, while they were held to a 2-2 draw by struggling Newcastle United.

In 18 months, Mourinho’s record at Spurs reads: Played 86; Won 44; Drawn 19; Lost 23.

Who is the favourite to be next Tottenham Hotspur manager?

Julian Nagelsmann is now the clear favourite to replace him as Spurs manager according to BetVictor.

The bookmaker is pricing the former RB Leipzig boss at 5/2, with Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers next in line at 8/1.

Full details and odds can be found here.