There’s been whispers, rumours and side stories in recent weeks about the future of Jose Mourinho at Tottenham Hotspur. On Monday, Spurs confirmed the rumours by announcing that they had sacked Mourinho after just 17 months in charge. The sacking came just 6 days before the Carabao Cup final.
The “Special One” replaced Mauricio Pochettino as Spurs manager in November 2019 and guided the club to sixth in the Premier League last season. Expectations were high running into this season and they started well. That didn’t last too long though. Spurs are currently seventh, having picked up just two points from their past three league games. The club also suffered an embarrassing Europa League exit at the hands of Croatian outfit Dinamo Zagreb in March.
On a personal note, this season has been far from ideal for Mourinho. He suffered 10 league defeats in a single campaign for the first time in his managerial career and his philosophy was questioned. He also clashed with several players of his own team and frequently criticized them in public. Mourinho lost more points from winning positions this season than any other manager in the Premier League. When asked to explain why his Tottenham team could not defend like his old teams, Mourinho’s response was “Same manager, different players.”
A few positives were however recorded this season under Jose. Tottenham crushed Manchester United 6-1 and their topped the table howbeit not for long. He also became just the 3rd manager to reach 5 League Cup finals. Reaching the final means Tottenham are just 1 game away from ending their 13 year wait for a trophy. Tottenham’s main attackers Son Heung-Min and Harry Kane flourished under Mourinho. Kane is the leading scorer and assist leader in the Premier League with 21 goals and 13 assists respectively.
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What next for Mourinho?
Having now been fired from Tottenham, Manchester United, Chelsea and Real Madrid in the last 8 years alone, things are not looking good for Jose Mourinho. Critics have argued that his days as a top tactician might be over. He’s been accused of failing to adapt to the modern game and being stubborn with his tactics. As things are right now, it is unlikely Mourinho will be wanted by any of Europe’s top clubs. There are very few vacancies in top clubs and Jose has a reputation for being expensive. Could this latest sacking spell the end for “The Special One?”
International Football could provide a way out. “Yes, I want to coach a national team because I want to have the experience of a World Cup and European Championship. I also want to experience the emotion of the short competition.” These were Mourinho’s words at a news conference earlier in the season.
His home Country Portugal are currently experiencing a golden period and have an array of star and promising players. Could Mourinho coach Portugal in the future? You bet he could.
Meanwhile, Ryan Mason has been named Tottenham’s interim coach till the end of the season. Mason who is 29 will be the youngest ever Premier League coach when Tottenham face Southampton tonight.
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