Former Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho used his final hours at the club’s training ground to launch an explosive tirade against the players, according to a report.
Mourinho got the sack on Monday morning, six days before the Carabao Cup final against Manchester City. Pressure had mounted on the Portuguese for some time, fuelled by the club’s shock Europa League exit. Furthermore, their slide down the Premier League table leading to a top-four battle did not help his cause.
As such, Ryan Mason has taken the reins until the end of the season. The 29-year-old got a solid start, too, with Spurs beating Southampton 2-1 late on.
However, in the days since Mourinho’s departure, reports have claimed to reveal the inside details of the past few days at the north London club.
Journalist Duncan Castles has claimed that a debate over the lineup for the clash with Southampton between Levy and Mourinho sparked the axing.
Meanwhile, the Daily Telegraph reports that Mourinho stayed at the training ground after his sacking to speak to his players.
He gave ‘home truths’ to the players during a series of talks about their past performances.
Indeed, the talks lasted over four hours, the newspaper adds.
Mourinho‘s final act may well have severed the relationship with his players in normal circumstances.
However, relations between the manager and his Tottenham stars had already reportedly reached the point of no return.
The Europa League exit to Dinamo Zagreb in March proved to be the turning point; the atmosphere subsequently hit ‘rock-bottom’ and the players had become ‘afraid to smile’.
Furthermore, the newspaper reports previous occasions on which Mourinho ‘took aim’ at some of his stars – in front of their colleagues.
Mason wipes Tottenham slate clean
Speaking after his recent appointment, Mason – who had to retire early due to a head injury – said: “Whatever happened before, I wasn’t involved with.
“I’m not too sure what happened, but all I can take is the players, how they trained, the fitness of the guys, the mentality, the mindset, how the feeling is within the group, within the individual.
“Then it’s our job to pick a team to win games of football.”