Tottenham have fired Jose Mourinho with the club on track to miss out on Champions League football next season – though he still plans to walk away with up to £ 20 million in damages.
Mourinho, 58, replaced Mauricio Pochettino in November 2019, but has now been fired after a dismal Premier League campaign and Europa League failure.
The blast comes less than a week before Tottenham will face Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley.
Jose Mourinho has been fired as manager of Tottenham just days before the Carabao Cup final
Spurs and talisman Harry Kane (pictured) have had a miserable season so far
A statement read: “The club can announce today that Jose Mourinho and his coaching staff Joao Sacramento, Nuno Santos, Carlos Lalin and Giovanni Cerra have been relieved of their duties.”
Chairman Daniel Levy said: “Jose and his coaching staff have had some of our most challenging times as a club with us.
Jose is a true professional who showed tremendous resilience during the pandemic. On a personal level, I have enjoyed working with him and I regret that things did not work out as we both envisioned.
“He will always be welcome here and we would like to thank him and his technical staff for their contribution.”
Mourinho broke up just hours after it was confirmed that Tottenham will join the controversial European Super League.
The ax has been knocked down on Mourinho and Tottenham has to miss the top four
Mourinho is said to have alienated members of his squad and was fired on Monday morning
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Sportsmail understands that Mourinho is leaving with considerably less than the commonly alleged £ 30 million compensation package he would have to pay.
Sources have claimed his package will not exceed £ 20m due to performance clauses in his contract related to European qualification and his £ 10m per season salary.
Mourinho will be put on leave from gardening by Tottenham despite his dismissal, meaning Spurs will normally continue to pay him until he finds a new job.
As a result of Spurs’ poor position in the competition, Mourinho is in fact not entitled to his full compensation. Spurs are seventh in the Premier League, five points from last place in the Champions League, which is currently occupied by West Ham.
The first indications that Mourinho was making £ 15 million a season would be exaggerated.
His base pay is closer to £ 10 million, which cuts his severance pay significantly.
Coaches Ryan Mason and Chris Powell are rumored to be taking the reins for the rest of the season.
The club confirmed that Mason will take charge of the first team training today.
The search for a permanent successor to Mourinho has now begun – with an appointment expected this summer.
RB Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann has been cited as the early favorite to replace Mourinho
Mourinho will walk away from Tottenham on a £ 20 million compensation package
RB Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann has been identified as the favorite to take over.
Tottenham has long been an admirer of Nagelsmann, widely regarded as one of the most talented young coaches in world football.
Naglesmann, who is only 33, is believed to be eligible for the Spurs hotseat after Pochettino’s departure in 2019, although Mourinho was later given the job.
However, Leipzig will not allow Nagelsmann to leave this summer without receiving a compensation package worth £ 17 million.
The last game of former Manchester United and Real Madrid coach Mourinho who was in charge at Tottenham came on Friday in the 2-2 draw against Everton.
Despite Harry Kane’s leveler at Goodison Park, the points drop was a major blow to their hopes for a spot in the Champions League.
Daniel Levy made the decision to fire Mourinho as Tottenham struggled on multiple fronts
Mourinho’s last weeks in the lead were marred by press swipe and constant criticism
Sources have claimed that the disappointing display turned out to be the last straw.
Tottenham is languishing in seventh place in the Premier League standings, five points behind fourth, and Levy has now pulled the trigger.
Kane paid tribute to Mourinho after the news was out and wished him the best.
“Thanks for everything, boss,” Kane wrote. ‘A pleasure to work together. I wish you all the best for your next chapter. ‘
Next weekend’s cup final is an opportunity for Spurs to lift silverware for the first time since their victory in the same game in 2008.
Mourinho will no longer be in charge, however, with little tangible progress over the past season and a half.
He was only able to put Tottenham in sixth place on his first campaign in the lead, albeit after the midway takeover with the team languishing in 14th place.
This term was a step back, with the North London outfit being humiliatedly knocked out of Europe by Dinamo Zagreb and reeling from other bad results.
Spurs talisman Harry Kane wished Mourinho the best on Twitter after news of his resignation became known
Mourinho is pictured with his wife Matilde Faria (right) and daughter Matilde Mourinho in 2014
Gareth Bale (left) has been criticized on points by Mourinho this season as tension increased
Mourinho’s last weeks at the helm were marred by press swipe and constant criticism of his own players.
For the first time in his management career, Mourinho suffered 10 league defeats in one season.
Due to the misery on the field, Tottenham also lost 20 points from winning positions this season. No other top club has lost as leader anymore.
His options for taking another top job are likely to wane after his last layoff, now that he’s been shown the exit door four times in England.
With Chelsea (twice), Manchester United and now Tottenham all choosing to beat him, Mourinho will certainly run out of choices.
He’s been very successful in Italy, Spain and Portugal, so he could be forced to take a job in one of those countries and leave England.
There was a lot of optimism at Tottenham when a fresh Mourinho took the lead in 2019