Harry Kane reveals his’ surprise ‘upon hearing of Jose Mourinho’s resignation, only hearing about the former Tottenham boss’s exit’ five to ten minutes before the announcement ‘… and praising football fans for’ taking on the European Super League
- Jose Mourinho was fired by Tottenham at the start of this tumultuous week
- Harry Kane admitted he was surprised to learn about the ex-Spurs boss’s exit
- The Spurs striker revealed that he was only told “five to ten minutes” before the world
- Kane also praised Ryan Mason and football fans during the Super League’s plans
Harry Kane revealed he was shocked to learn of Jose Mourinho’s resignation this week and only found out that the Tottenham boss had been fired shortly before the announcement.
The iconic Portuguese boss’s departure from Spurs was announced early on Monday after a run of just one win in six games in all competitions and just six days before the club face Manchester City in Sunday’s Carabao Cup final at Wembley.
Kane confessed to having a ‘good relationship’ with Mourinho during the 17 months they worked together, but claimed the former Spurs boss was a victim of the ‘murderous’ industry.
Harry Kane admitted he was ‘surprised’ to learn that Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho had been fired
The Portuguese coach was fired by the club on Monday morning after a bad form
Regarding Mourinho’s departure, the Spurs striker told Sky Sports News: ‘I was surprised, I’ll be completely honest. I came in that morning and discovered it probably five to ten minutes before it was announced.
Much of the focus has been on the Carabao Cup final and preparation for it, but look, it’s football. I’ve been here now where a few managers have been fired and, as a player, I don’t think you ever expect the boss to be fired, but it’s part of the game, you have to deal with it.
‘I had a great relationship with Jose, I wish him all the best for whatever his next job is, but he knows, as we know, football can be killer and we just have to look ahead. We now have a grand finale to prepare and we look forward to. ‘
Kane admitted to having a good relationship with Mourinho over the 17-month period
While Tottenham and owner Daniel Levy are looking to replace Mourinho, former Spurs midfielder Ryan Mason has been appointed interim boss for Sunday’s final at Wembley.
Mason, who played alongside Kane in Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs era, won his first game in charge of the North London club on Wednesday evening via a comeback win over Southampton.
Kane heaped praise on the 29-year-old, who became the youngest-ever Premier League manager during the week after his playing career was cut short due to a serious head injury.
The forward added: “Ryan has been great. Obviously it has been strange for him, a bit of a rollercoaster coming in late and taking the track.
Kane’s former Spurs teammate Ryan Mason has been installed as Tottenham’s interim boss
‘I thought he was doing incredibly well (with) how he handled the whole situation, how he handled the guys and clearly it was a huge moment to take his first win against Southampton.
‘Everyone is looking forward to entering the cup final. Me and Ryan are good friends, we have known each other for a long time, on and off the field we are very close.
“I’m buzzing for him to have this opportunity and to have the experience of running one of the best clubs in the world. Hopefully we can try to win on Sunday and have a very special moment together. ‘
Kane himself faces a race against time to make it to Sunday’s Carabao Cup final with Man City
Kane, who has already scored 31 goals this season, is hoping to get fit again in time for the Carabao Cup final with City in a quest for a first club career trophy with Tottenham.
But the pre-match talk about Wembley’s flagship showpiece was dominated by the launch and cancellation of the European Super League – which both City and Spurs signed up for.
The England captain admitted to being proud of seeing football fans come together to end the controversial plan and also claimed that football is ‘good as it is’.
Kane praised football fans for ‘standing up for what they believe in in the Super League
About the Super League, Kane said: ‘I thought the outcome was good. I didn’t really like the idea of it if I’m honest. I can fully understand the fans’ point of view. From many people’s point of view, it was not quite right.
‘It is clearly over for the time being. I am proud of the fans because they stand up for what they believe. I am happy with what the result has become. ‘
‘For football in general it is good as it is. Competitiveness is an important part of football and that’s why we play football. ‘