Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy is set to sack Jose Mourinho “today” after calling the Portuguese boss in for talks on Monday.
Spurs’ form in the last four months has been shocking and The Telegraph report that Levy will pull the trigger on the 58-year-old’s tenure. With less than a week to go before the Carabao Cup final first-team coaches Ryan Mason and Chris Powell “are in line to take charge for the remainder of the campaign”.
Mourinho was appointed at Spurs in November 2019, but instead of injecting a new impetus to Mauricio Pochettino’s side Spurs have fallen off the pace.
Mourinho guided Tottenham to a sixth-placed finish in his first season, but they will struggle to make the top six this time around.
The 2-2 draw at Everton on Friday night leaves them seventh in the table, five points adrift of the Champions League places. And that has been enough for Levy to fire the former Manchester United boss.
In addition to Spurs’ poor league form, Tottenham exited the FA Cup in the fifth round at Everton. Then they collapsed in Croatia as they threw away a 2-0 first leg lead to lost 3-2 on aggregate at Dinamo Zagreb in the Europa League.
Mourinho’s relationships with numerous players has also been cited as a reason why Levy is far from happy. Dele Alli and Harry Winks have both been jettisoned, while Gareth Bale has not played regularly.
Mourinho on £15m a season
Mourinho did pen a contract until the summer of 2023. And reports in Portugal in February claim Levy was completely against the idea of dismissing Mourinho mid season.
Given he’s one of the world’s highest-paid managers on a package worth £15m a season, firing him would be expensive.
Indeed, trusted journalist David Ornstein also said there is no break-clause in the arrangement. That would mean that sacking him would hit Tottenham seriously hard in the pocket.
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