Jose Mourinho is dismissed as Tottenham coach

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By: Jeet Ghosh

Last Update: 2021-04-19 18:51:42 IST

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Tottenham, leader of the Premier League in mid-December, has suffered a major slump in performance and now occupies seventh place, five points of the qualifying places for the Champions League next season.

The English club Tottenham announced on Monday that its Portuguese coach Jose Mourinho and his entire coaching staff have been "relieved of their duties", seventeen months after arriving at the 'Spurs' to replace Argentine Mauricio Pochettino.

"The club can announce today that Jose Mourinho and his coaching staff, Joao Sacramento, Nuno Santos, Carlos Lalin and Giovanni Cerra, have been relieved of their duties," the statement read.

The Tottenham, leader of the Premier League in mid-December, has suffered a major slump in performance and now occupies seventh place, five points of the qualifying places for the Champions League next season. 

The Portuguese coach was also being criticized for his team's play and there were rumors about tensions in the dressing room.

"Jose and his coaching staff have been by our side in one of the most difficult periods for the club. Jose is a great professional who has shown enormous resistance during the pandemic," Tottenham president Daniel Levy was quoted as saying on the release.

The timing of the announcement is surprising as Tottenham play a crucial match in their fight for European places on Wednesday against Southampton in a match that had been postponed on Matchday 29.

On Sunday this week he must play a final, the League Cup against Manchester City at Wembley Stadium in London. Jose Mourinho will be replaced for the time being by Ryan Mason, former Tottenham player and coach of the Under-19 team.

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