Less than a week before Tottenham Hotspur play in the cup final against Manchester City, Jose Mourinho has been sacked. Mourinho, Joao Sacramento, Nuno Santos, Carlos Lalin and Giovanni Cerra had all been “relieved of their duties” the club has confirmed. Ryan Mason will take charge of the next training session the club have confirmed.

“Jose and his coaching staff have been with us through some of our most challenging times as a club.” Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy said. “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.”

Mourinho took charge of Spurs in 2019 and was contracted until the end of 2023. He replaced long-serving coach Mauricio Pochettino. He achieved Europa League qualification in his first season in charge taking the club from 15th to 6th position. Last season, they were convincingly knocked out by RB Leipzig in the Round of 16.

Jose Mourinho was sacked in spite of being days away from a chance of delivering the first piece of silverware to Tottenham Hotspur since the league cup in 2008/09. Tottenham is currently five points behind the Champions League places in seventh place. They crashed out of the Europa League after losing to giant-killers Slavia Prague in the Round of 16.

Mourinho has heavily criticized his players in recent weeks. He did the same after the loss to relegation-threatened Newcastle at the weekend.

“No intensity, no pressing. In terms of creating attacking football, some important players were hiding. In the second half, we only had to improve which we did.” Mourinho said.

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