While Jose Mourinho seemed to be on borrowed time at Tottenham over the last few weeks, the news of his sacking this morning came as a surprise due to its timing.
Few would have predicted that, just days ahead of a Carabao Cup final, Daniel Levy would pull the plug on a man who was brought in with the remit of winning silverware.
A report in The Telegraph has shed light on why the Spurs chairman decided to call time on the Mourinho experiment.
It is explained that Levy was practically the last man at the club to give up on Mourinho even though he was told by some of his advisors as early as February that the Portuguese coach might need to be let go.
Levy was reportedly telling people just two weeks ago that he was not going to sack Mourinho but it is said that he made up his mind after watching the team struggle once again at Goodison Park on Friday.
The Telegraph also claims that Levy was hopeful that Mourinho’s sacking would help provide the squad with a psychological boost ahead of the cup final and is still adamant that Spurs will secure a top-six finish.
One more reason offered in the report to the timing of Levy’s sacking is that Julian Nagelsmann is Tottenham’s number one target and that the chairman does not want Bayern Munich to have a free run at the German coach.
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A lot of people have linked the timing of Mourinho’s sacking with the European Super League announcement but I believe it is much more relevant to discuss it coinciding with rumours of Hansi Flick’s exit from Bayern Munich.
Levy moved quickly to sack Pochettino and appoint Mourinho in 2019 when he saw that Arsenal might potentially get the Portuguese coach. He might have done the same now to steal a march on Bayern in the pursuit of Nagelsmann.
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