Jose Mourinho has been sacked as Tottenham boss just days before he was due to take on Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final.
The Special One had been in charge in north London for 17 months before he was dismissed.
Mourinho was still on course to end Tottenham’s 13 year wait for a trophy at Wembley this weekend.
The former Manchester United and Chelsea boss remains the only man to beat Guardiola in a cup final – excluding Super Cups.
During his time in charge of Real Madrid he beat Guardiola’s Barcelona in the final of the Copa del Rey back in 2011.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored the winner at the Mestalla to scupper the Catalan’s treble dreams that year.
Mourinho’s United also knocked City out of the Carabao Cup during the Catalan’s tenure back in 2016.
He was also a targeting a fifth success in the competition.
The Portuguese boss and his coaching staff Joao Sacramento, Nuno Santos, Carlos Lalin and Giovanni Cerra have all been relieved of their duties in the capital.
Chairman Daniel Levy has said on the club’s website: “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.”
Ryan Mason will take first team training and is expected to take charge until the end of the season alongside Chris Powell.