Tottenham have reacted to Sunday’s disastrous 6-1 hammering at the hands of Newcastle by sacking interim boss Cristian Stellini ahead of Thursday night’s visit of Manchester United.
The 48-year-old was part of Antonio Conte’s backroom staff and stepped into the top job on a temporary basis when his fellow Italian mutually ended his stay in north London last month.
Spurs are now outsiders in the race for a Champions League place and sit six points adrift of United despite playing two more games.
Stellini, in his first managerial role, oversaw just one win in his four games in charge – a 2-1 victory over Brighton.
Spurs could only manage a draw away to relegation-threatened Everton and were beaten by a late Bournemouth goal last weekend before an embarrassing loss at Newcastle on Sunday.
The Magpies ran riot, racing into a five-goal lead inside 21 minutes before eventually sealing a 6-1 win.
Former midfielder Ryan Mason has now been placed in charge again, as he was when Jose Mourinho was shown the door, with six games to go.
Meanwhile, it’s also been reported that Burnley boss Vincent Kompany has already held talks over the permanent job.
Reports began to emerge throughout Monday that the result on Tyneside would ultimately cost Stellini his position as he told his bruised and battered troops to put their humiliation at Newcastle firmly behind them.
Stellini told SPURSPLAY: “Now, we have to be responsible. We have to go back to our stadium, back after this performance.
“We have to throw this feeling away, immediately.”
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Unfortunately for Stellini there is no longer a ‘we’ after he got his marching orders, with a Daniel Levy confirming the latest news.
The Spurs chairman said in a club statement: “Sunday’s performance against Newcastle was wholly unacceptable. It was devastating to see.
“We can look at many reasons why it happened and whilst myself, the board, the coaches and players must all take collective responsibility, ultimately the responsibility is mine.
“Cristian will leave his current role along with his coaching staff. Cristian stepped in at a difficult point in our season and I want to thank him for the professional manner in which he and his coaching staff have conducted themselves during such a challenging time. We wish him and his staff well.
“Ryan Mason will take over head coach duties with immediate effect. Ryan knows the club and the players well. We shall update further on his coaching staff in due course.
“I met with the player committee today – the squad is determined to pull together to ensure the strongest possible finish to the season. We are all clear we need to deliver performances which earn your amazing support.”