One Tottenham star did not appear to be too upset with Jose Mourinho’s sacking on Monday after a run in with journalists outside the club’s training ground following the news.
The Portuguese was axed on Monday morning, on the eve of the Carabao Cup final and with Spurs sitting a disappointing seventh in the Premier League table. Mourinho was in charge for just 17 months, making it his shortest job since his Porto spell in 2004.
Levy reportedly agreed a severance package of £15million with Mourinho, who failed to win a trophy in north London.
While he will no longer serve as manager, he will remain on Tottenham’s payroll.
Indeed, he will now enter a period of gardening leave and cannot work for another club before that period ends.
However, one player who looks happy to see the back of the former Chelsea boss is Tottenham misfit Danny Rose.
The former England left-back was completely frozen out by Mourinho this season. He has failed to play a single minute for the club, having had a loan spell at Newcastle last term.
His evident joy at the news was clear, after Sky Sports reported on him appearing from the back of a van after leaving training and joking with all of the reporters present.
🗣 “Danny Rose popped out of the back of a van and asked all of us ‘what are you lot doing here?’ before laughing and getting back in the van.”@skysportspaulg on bumping in to Tottenham player Danny Rose this afternoon at the clubs training ground pic.twitter.com/rnVUMR96OD
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) April 19, 2021
Rose may still have a future in north London, depending on who the new manager is. However, that still looks unlikely.
Former Spurs midfielder Ryan Mason, 29, took training on Monday. The academy coach is set to be in charge for Wednesday’s clash with Southampton.
Souness pinpoints Mourinho failings
Meanwhile, Mourinho was probably sacked by Tottenham after falling out with and failing to get the best out of his players, Graeme Souness has suggested.
A poor run of Premier League form left them struggling to make the top six. And after exits from the FA Cup and Europa League, Tottenham on Monday decided to pull the trigger.
Souness told Sky Sports News: “I’m surprised at the timing given they have a cup final this weekend. But something has gone on that has brought it to a head. I don’t think he [Daniel Levy] is too happy at their league form. They’re sixth now and they’ve been in and out the top four. It looks tough for them though.
“I think – and I’m second guessing – Jose is a top manager, an experienced manager – he’s got so frustrated with some of the players. I think in that situation – and I’ve been there myself when you get frustrated and have tried everything – you end up having harsh words and falling out with them. And if you end up falling out with one, you end up falling out with four or five, if not more. That ends up getting back to the powers that be. Then there’s only one outcome – and that’s the manager has to go.
“It’s very unusual that you sack a manager in the week of a cup final. And as I say, something’s brought it to a head, there’s been an incident. It’s forced the chairman to make the decision, he’s made the decision. Does that improve their chances of winning next weekend? Who knows – we’ll have to wait and find out.”