By Danny Bloomer
Tottenham Hotspur have sacked Jose Mourinho with immediate effect.
The dismissal comes just 12 hours after the club agreed to join the newly announced European Super League.
Mourinho’s departure comes at a crucial time for the club, with Spurs set to face an important home game against Southampton on Wednesday in their quest for a top-four spot and the Carabao Cup final against Manchester City on Sunday as they hunt for their first trophy since 2008.
Current head of coaching Chris Powell and 29-year-old former midfielder Ryan Mason are set to take charge of the club for the foreseeable future.
Chairman Daniel Levy said: “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.”
Following his appointment in November 2019, Mourinho’s time in charge of the North London outfit spanned across 86 matches.
The 58-year-old guided Spurs to a sixth-place finish in his first season at the club, which was the first time they had failed to end a season in the top four since 2015.
Perhaps his most disappointing moment across his 17-month spell was last month’s Europa League humiliation at the hands of Dinamo Zagreb, where they were eliminated from the competition in the last 16 following a 3-0 second-leg defeat.
Despite sitting top of the table in mid-December, Mourinho lost ten domestic league games in a single season for the first time in his career.
He leaves with the club currently sat seventh in the Premier League.