Well, that was money well spent. On June 4 last year, it was revealed that Tottenham had taken out a £ 175 million government loan at a very competitive rate to deal with the pandemic.
Now we know what part of it was spent on: the firing of Jose Mourinho. With damages of about £ 16 million, that’s about 10 percent of the Bank of England’s money going towards firing a manager six days before Tottenham’s first big cup final in six years.
Oh, and against the backdrop of a double betrayal of the English game, of which Tottenham is an important part. It would have been more worth it to set it on fire. Maybe Rishi Sunak feels the same.
Daniel Levy received a £ 175 million government loan to help Spurs deal with the pandemic
No one is arguing for the work Mourinho has done this season. Tottenham started to get lost shortly before Christmas and got off track. They were too dependent on Harry Kane and Son Heung-min’s partnership, and Mourinho didn’t seem to come up with an alternative strategy.
The defense is weak, the approach often conservative. Their unexpected European exit to Dinamo Zagreb was disastrous.
Tottenham Hotspur is higher than when Mauricio Pochettino left – that was also a bad season – but without the same reason for optimism that characterized his years. Under Pochettino, Tottenham eventually fell back after reaching the Champions League final.
Still, Mourinho has made nowhere near those advances to lose ground again on his contemporaries. The direction of the game hardly matters, of course. Tottenham can be useless and still serve as members of a shameless European elite.
The news of these latest developments is unlikely to make Kane’s long-term future at the club any more certain or attractive, unless he views it as a mainstay of the too-rans in a plastic match like a trophy.
Now we know that some of that money was spent firing former manager Jose Mourinho
Briefly, on Monday morning, it was rumored that Mourinho had been fired after an argument with his employers over the Super League proposals. If so, he went out like a hero. Tottenham moved quickly to dispel that story. No, he was going to be a failure.
Away because the results weren’t good enough. Away because there was the usual schism between him and some players. Off because the Tottenham hierarchy didn’t care more about the football than the fans.
And maybe he did, because if he did win the Carabao Cup final on Sunday, that would be Tottenham’s first trophy since 2008 and could pose a problem for Daniel Levy if he wanted to remove him at the end of the season.
Tottenham are still only five points out of the top four with six games to go. It is difficult, but not insurmountable. There’s a chance that next season football will still be a meritocracy and not a venture capitalist’s fantasy, so the Carabao Cup plus Champions League football would represent a relative success.
And where would Levy be? If Tottenham, against all odds, beats Manchester City, the glory will fall to caretakers Ryan Mason and Chris Powell; and if they lose, well, that was only to be expected. The decision to leave Mourinho will still be popular with fans. If this season is a failure, it goes down as his failure.
Conservative Finance Minister Rishi Sunak should request the money back
And Tottenham hopes it won’t matter where they end next year. They belong to the European elite, whatever. Sell Kane, don’t sell Kane. Who cares? Decisions no longer have consequences. Mediocrity will be admitted. As for Levy, his gamble has paid off.
He bet on the reputation Mourinho enjoyed as a series winner, then released him on bail before having the first chance to present a trophy. He made a pragmatic decision, but he didn’t even have the decision to go through with it. What a mess. Again. And Mourinho?
It is difficult to see what is left here for him after this disappointing period. His recent forays have all followed the same path, ending in confrontation and disappointment. Yet they all seemed to be a good fit at the time. The lucky one returns to Chelsea. A big man for a big club at Manchester United. The manager to make Spurs winners again.
He has nowhere to go with the elite six. If the Newcastle takeover happens this summer, would they even want it? He’s a big name, but would it have any value to manage in what is now the second tier of the Premier League?
Mourinho left the Tottenham training ground looking gloomy. This would have come as a shock. Maybe also in the offices of the Secretary of the Treasury. Given Tottenham’s contribution to English football this weekend, can we get our money back? Like now.