Noel Whelan has admitted that he felt ‘sick’ on hearing reports that Tottenham paid £16m to Jose Mourinho as a severance package after his sacking at a time when some lower league clubs are struggling to stay afloat.
The Daily Mirror have revealed that despite the £34m compensation package in Mourinho’s contract at Spurs, the Portuguese coach is set to rake in just £16m from the club with part of his compensation fee slashed due to the team’s poor league position.
However, other sources have contradicted that claim, reporting instead that Tottenham have placed Mourinho on gardening leave until he takes another job, in the manner they did with Mauricio Pochettino when he was sacked.
Whelan fumed at the reported £16m figure and blasted Tottenham for spending a significant amount of money to sack a coach under the current economic climate.
The former Coventry City striker insisted that there are other people in football who needed that money more than Mourinho and that the 58-year-old has been ‘rewarded for failure’.
The pundit told Football Insider: “When you look at the world we are living in right now and the crisis the world has been through it makes you feel sick.
“It is crazy to think a club can just afford to do that willy nilly. When you look at all of the clubs that have been struggling to survive during this pandemic with no fans in the stadiums.
“They needed help from the Premier League and everyone was reluctant to help yet they can pay £16million to a manager to pay off his contract.
“The integrity of this sport is laughable. Levy is one these people who is in this breakaway remember.
“It makes you feel sick because people need that money more than Mourinho. He is probably still getting paid for being rubbish at Manchester United. He has been rewarded for failure. It is not right.”
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Even if Tottenham did pay Mourinho £16m in compensation, it could have cost the club a lot more in the coming seasons if they had continued their steep decline and failed to get into Europe. Levy is someone who would have considered the financial risks and weighed up the costs and benefits before making his decision.
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