Jose Mourinho is poised to land a £16million pay-off after being sacked as Tottenham manager.
The Portuguese, who replaced Mauricio Pochettino in 2019, was relieved of his duties on Monday morning with the club in seventh place in the Premier League.
Chairman Daniel Levy reportedly made the decision to fire Mourinho after Friday night’s 2-2 draw with Everton at Goodison Park.
The decision to dump Mourinho will not have been an easy one for Levy’s pride – or his wallet.
According to the Independent, the former Manchester United, Chelsea and Real Madrid head coach will receive a severance package of around £16million.
That sum is not insignificant for Tottenham, who were forced to borrow £175million from the Bank of England last year to help them through the Covid-19 crisis.
Spurs have seen revenues fall drastically since the onset of the pandemic, largely due to the impact of fans being locked out of stadiums.
For Mourinho, it is another premature end to a job in the Premier League.
The 58-year-old has been sacked from each of his last three jobs in the top-flight, pocketing a tasty pay-off each time.
Despite his dismissal, Mourinho did enjoy some success in his year-and-a-half at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium, guiding the club to sixth in the Premier League last term and reaching the Carabao Cup final this season.
Mourinho also helped build the partnership between Harry Kane and Son Heung-min, which thrived during the early weeks of the campaign when Tottenham briefly looked like title contenders.
But for all of those positives, the results in recent weeks were not good enough, and following reports that he had lost the dressing room, Mourinho was shown the door.
Chris Powell and Ryan Mason will now take caretaker charge until the end of the season, starting with Sunday’s Carabao Cup final against Manchester City.
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