Jose Mourinho is in the news for the wrong reasons this morning. The Portuguese manager has been sacked by Tottenham Hotspur.
The Portuguese manager has had to endure series of being hired and fired in recent seasons and it won’t be a bad idea for him to go on a sabbatical from the game.
Mourinho has already established himself as one of the prestigious and laurel-laden managers in club football but in recent times, his tactical prowess and reading of the game seem to have waned significantly as the game of football continues to evolve.
His sack was announced by the North London club on Monday after 17 months in charge, of which I daresay that no significant achievement was made for a manager of his caliber.
He couldn’t even return them to the Premier League’s top four places in his spell at the club.
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy said: “Jose and his coaching staff have been with us through some of our most challenging times as a club. Jose is a true professional who showed enormous resilience during the pandemic.
“On a personal level I have enjoyed working with him and regret that things have not worked out as we both had envisaged. He will always be welcome here and we should like to thank him and his coaching staff for their contribution.”
Tottenham currently sit 7th in the Premier League and are five points adrift of the top four. There’s hope for a laurel this season though as they’ll face Manchester City in the EFL Cup final on Sunday.
This is a shocker though as the game is just 6 days away, and they’ll have to make do with an interim boss.
This season has been a challenging one for the Portuguese as he has seen his team lose 13 games in all competitions this season already, and this is the most in his managerial career.
It appears that Spurs shot off target with his appointment as the replacement for Mauricio Pochettino.
The Portuguese manager was appointed to ensure that Spurs maintain their participation in the Champions League and also win silverware but none was actualized by the Mourinho managerial regime.
Spurs who were largely entertaining and very energetic under Pochettino became very defensive and hardly played attractive football under Mourinho.
This was also made worse by the fact that results weren’t forthcoming like they were in his time at Chelsea and Man United even whilst adopting a defensive approach.
With the final against Manchester City very close, one would have thought that he would remain, at least until the end of the season.
But this is not the case as a decision has been made, and his contract terminated. Therefore, Ryan Mason and Chris Powell may deputize on the interim as they search for a new manager.
On the other hand, I believe that Mourinho has to go on a break, restrategize and try to ensure that his managerial style and tactics evolve.
A side like Dinamo Zagreb overturning a 2 nil advantage against a side of Spurs quality being managed by Mourinho, beating them and eliminating them from the Europa League calls for major concern. Mourinho needs a sabbatical!