Harry Kane admits he was ‘surprised’ by Mourinho’s sacking – ‘5 to 10 minutes before’

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Dom Le Roy

Harry Kane has admitted that he was surprised by the timing of Tottenham’s decision to sack Jose Mourinho.

Just as the world was trying to come to terms with the controversial European Super League announcement which came on Sunday, Tottenham released a statement on Monday morning confirming that the club had parted ways with Mourinho and his coaching staff.

Many were left puzzled that the North Londoners had made the decision before the Carabao Cup final, a competition in which the Portuguese coach has an impressive record.

Reports indicate that Mourinho’s relationship with many of the Spurs players had soured, leaving Daniel Levy with little choice but to pull the plug.

However, Kane is rumoured to be one of a handful of players who were still very much behind the former Spurs boss until the very end.

When asked about how he felt when he heard about Mourinho’s sacking, the England captain told Sky Sports: “I was surprised (by Mourinho’s sacking) – I’ll be totally honest.

“I came in that morning and probably found out 5-10 minutes before it was announced.

“A lot of the focus was on the Carabao Cup final and preparing for that but, look, it’s football.

“I’ve been here now where a couple of managers have been sacked and, as a player now, I don’t think you ever expect the boss to be sacked but it’s part of the game, you have to deal with it.

“I had a great relationship with Jose, I wish him all the best for whatever his next job is, but he knows as we know football can be cut-throat and we just have to look forward.

“We have a big final to prepare for now and we’re looking forward to that.”

Kane, who is in a race against time to be fit for the Carabao Cup final on Sunday after rolling his ankle in the draw against Everton last week, is a close friend of interim boss Ryan Mason, with the pair having come through the ranks together at the club.

The striker admitted that he is delighted to see Mason get the role and praised the way in which the 29-year-old has handled the situation.

Kane added: “Ryan’s been great. It’s obviously been strange for him, a bit of a rollercoaster coming in late notice and taking on the job.

“I thought he’s done incredibly well; how he’s handled the whole situation, how he’s handled the boys and obviously getting his first win against Southampton was a massive moment.

“It’s given everyone a buzz going into the cup final. Me and Ryan are good mates, we’ve known each other a long time, on and off the field we are really close.

“I’m buzzing for him to have this opportunity and to have the experience to manage one of the best clubs in the world. Hopefully, we can try and win on Sunday and experience a truly special moment together.”

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