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jose sacked The inevitable end of Jose Mourinho's doomed spell as Spurs boss as the axe falls

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Jose Mourinho has paid the price for a disappointing campaign. (Peter Powell/PA)

Jose Mourinho has paid the price for a disappointing campaign. (Peter Powell/PA)

Jose Mourinho has paid the price for a disappointing campaign. (Peter Powell/PA)

It was an appointed few believed would succeed and just 17 months after he was appointed, Jose Mourinho has been sacked as Tottenham manager.

Just a few days before the club play in the Carabao Cup final against Manchester City at Wembley, the axe fell on Mourinho with a club statement on Monday morning.

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy said on the club’s official website: "Jose and his coaching staff have been with us through some of our most challenging times as a club.

"Jose is a true professional who showed enormous resilience during the pandemic.

"On a personal level I have enjoyed working with him and regret that things have not worked out as we both had envisaged.

"He will always be welcome here and we should like to thank him and his coaching staff for their contribution."

The 58-year-old has paid the price for a disappointing campaign, with Spurs currently seventh in the Premier League and with little chance of making the top four.

That may not prove to be too much of an issue given Tottenham’s involvement in the controversial European Super League – but Mourinho will not be the man to lead them in the new breakaway competition should it materialise.

They also suffered an embarrassing Europa League exit to Dinamo Zagreb in the last-16 which further weakened Mourinho’s position.

The last few weeks contained all the hallmarks of a familiar Mourinho end game as there were stories of player feuds, spats with the media and a deflection from poor performances.

How much of the decision to terminate his contract was a result of Tottenham’s entry in to the Super League remains to be seen, but they will now have the funds to cover Mourinho’s hefty pay-off fee.

Mason, just 29, is expected to take charge of the first team until Spurs appoint a new permanent successor.

The former Spurs midfielder, who was forced to retire from playing due to a head injury, has been working as an academy coach since 2019 and will take training on Monday ahead of a Premier League match against Southampton on Wednesday.

RB Leipzig manager Julian Nagelsmann is the early favourite to replace Mourinho, though the German coach has also been linked with Bayern Munich.

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