Jose Mourinho has been spotted leaving Tottenham’s training ground hours after the axe was wielded on his tumultuous reign.
The 58-year-old was dismissed this morning with the club on course to miss out on the Champions League and having exited the Europa League in humiliating fashion.
The 2-2 draw at Everton proved to be the final straw for Daniel Levy and now, soon after being told of his sacking, Mourinho has been snapped being driven away from the Hotspur Way complex for the final time.
Jose Mourinho has been spotted leaving Tottenham’s training ground following his dismissal
Mourinho, 58, was axed by the club on Monday morning and left the complex for the final time
Several photographers were able to snap Mourinho through the window as the car pulled away
The former Manchester United and Real Madrid coach, who has been sacked four times in England, was seen in the passenger seat of a sleek vehicle.
It looked as though dismay was etched across the face of the crestfallen Special One as he left.
The bombshell announcement was made by Tottenham less than a week before they take on Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final.
Mourinho also departs as the fallout continues following confirmation that the north London club will join a number of top-flight peers in the European Super League.
The axe has been brought down on Mourinho with Tottenham set to miss out on the top four
Tottenham and talisman Harry Kane (pictured) have endured a miserable league season so far
Sportsmail reported earlier that Mourinho will walk away with up to £20million as part of a hefty compensation package.
The amount will not surpass that figure, sources have said, due to the performance-related clauses written into his contract.
Mourinho will be placed on gardening leave, which means Tottenham will continue to pay him as normal until he takes up another job elsewhere.
Tottenham are seventh in the Premier League which, combined with failures in Europe, effectively means Mourinho is not entitled to his full compensation.
Mourinho is set to walk away from Tottenham with a compensation package worth up to £20m
A statement confirming the sacking read: ‘The Club can today announce that Jose Mourinho and his coaching staff Joao Sacramento, Nuno Santos, Carlos Lalin and Giovanni Cerra have been relieved of their duties.’
‘Jose and his coaching staff have been with us through some of our most challenging times as a Club,’ chairman Levy said.
‘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.’
Mourinho is said to have alienated members of his squad and was sacked on Monday morning
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Ryan Mason, the former Tottenham and Hull City midfielder, will take the reins, assisted by Chris Powell, until the end of the season.
Mason, 29, took charge of first-team training on Monday.
The search for Mourinho’s permanent successor is now underway.
RB Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann has been identified as the favourite to take over.
Tottenham have been long-term admirers of Nagelsmann, who is widely deemed as one of the most talented young coaches in world football.
It is believed that Naglesmann, who is only 33, was under consideration for the Spurs hotseat after Pochettino’s departure in 2019, although Mourinho was later handed the job.
Leipzig will not allow Nagelsmann to leave this summer, however, without receiving a compensation package worth £17m.
Former Manchester United and Real Madrid coach Mourinho’s last game in charge at Tottenham came in the 2-2 draw against Everton on Friday.
Despite Harry Kane’s leveller at Goodison Park, the dropped points dealt a major blow to their hopes of securing a spot in the Champions League.
Sources have claimed that the underwhelming display proved to be the final straw.
RB Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann has been named as the early favourite to replace Mourinho
Daniel Levy took the decision to sack Mourinho with Tottenham struggling on multiple fronts
Mourinho’s final weeks in charge were marred by swipes in the press and constant criticism
Talisman and vice-captain Harry Kane paid tribute to Mourinho after the news broke.
‘Thank you for everything boss,’ Kane wrote on social media. ‘A pleasure to have worked together. I wish you all the best for your next chapter.’
The cup final next weekend represents a chance for Spurs to lift silverware for the first time since their triumph in the same competition in 2008.
Mourinho will no longer lead them out at Wembley, though, with little tangible progress made over the last season and a half.
He could only guide Tottenham to a sixth-placed finish during his first campaign in charge, albeit after taking over halfway through with the team languishing in 14th.
This term has been a step back, with the north London outfit knocked out of Europe in humiliating fashion by Dinamo Zagreb and reeling from other poor results.
Spurs talisman Harry Kane wished Mourinho well on Twitter after the news broke of his sacking
Mourinho is pictured with his wife Matilde Faria (right) and daughter Matilde Mourinho in 2014
Gareth Bale (left) has been lambasted by Mourinho at points this season as tension mounted
Mourinho’s final weeks at the helm were marred by swipes in the press and constant criticism of his own players.
For the first time in his managerial career, Mourinho was made to suffer 10 league defeats in a single season.
The on-field misery also saw Tottenham drop 20 points from winning positions this season. No other top-flight club has lost more when leading.
His options to take up another top job are likely to be dwindling after his latest sacking, having now been shown the exit door four times in England.
With Chelsea (twice), Manchester United and now Tottenham all choosing to axe him, Mourinho is sure to be running out of choices.
He has enjoyed great success in Italy, Spain and Portugal, so could be forced to take a job in one of those countries and move away from England.
There was plenty of optimism at Tottenham when a fresh-faced Mourinho took charge in 2019