For some it was a question of when, for others a question of too long but the news out of Tottenham Hotspur this week that Jose Mourinho’s tenure is over, speculation persists over why he was sacked.
It’s been attributed over his team’s performance or lack of them, his manner around certain players and of course the current debate over the proposed European Super League of which Spurs are one of the 12 ‘founding members’.
His arrival at Tottenham after the sacking of Mauricio Pochettino in November 2019 was greeted with caution, a man renowned for winning titles built on defensive foundations with very little attacking flair besides, certainly not the Tottenham way.
His departure from Manchester United a year or so before was his last big appointment, one that hadn’t worked out from day one and fans of the North London club were rightly sceptical that the club would be getting that Mourinho rather than the successful Mourinho that first came to these shores.
Granted he did win trophies at Old Trafford but his style most believe should be consigned to history with the game moving on but not in the Portuguese manager’s head or ideals.
Whilst Mourinho did improve Spurs last season and qualification for the Europa League something was never quite right between the coaching staff and the players which might be why the 58 year old is no longer the boss.
The talk of the new European Super League announced over the weekend has led to a sour taste in the mouths of supporters up and down the country, it’s also been mooted that Mourinho was not a fan of the proposed new set-up and that along with results gave Daniel Levy the opportunity to pull the trigger, it remains to be seen how true that part is.
The timing is however a little strange just days before Tottenham’s biggest game of the season in the Carabao Cup Final against Manchester City this coming weekend but essentially a free hit for caretaker manager’s Ryan Mason and Chris Powell with City expected to comfortably win the first trophy of the season on offer.
Whether Mourinho is now finished as a top flight manager is unknown and that might become more evident over the coming months, it’s extremely unlikely he will get another job in the Premier League nor across Europe and it could well spell the end of a glittering career for one of the game’s top managers.
He leaves Tottenham as the first club he hasn’t won a trophy with, and if as mentioned it is the Super League creation that caused his sacking then the other side of the world might be the final destination for one of the game’s most decorated managers.
For Spurs fans attention is now on the cup final and beyond that the summer when speculation will mount up on who the next manager at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium will be and if Harry Kane will still be leading the line come 2021/22, lots for Levy to ponder and knowing he must get this appointment right Super League or not.
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