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Tottenham Hotspur Sack Jose Mourinho After European Super League Announcement

Tottenham Hotspur Sack Jose Mourinho After European Super League Announcement

Mourinho's former club announced yesterday that they would be part of the European Super League

Tom Wood

Tom Wood

Tottenham Hotspur have sacked manager Jose Mourinho.

Mourinho took charge of the North London club in November 2019 after the sacking of predecessor Mauricio Pochettino.

He led them to sixth in the Premier League table in his first season, having taken over when they were languishing in 14th place.

His current contract had been set to run until 2023.

In a statement, Spurs 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."

Mourinho's former club announced yesterday that they would be forming a European Super League alongside Manchester United, Liverpool, Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea from the Premier League.

You can read more about that proposed new league here.

Mourinho joined Spurs in November 2019.

The English clubs are to be joined by Spanish giants Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid and Barcelona, as well as Italian clubs Juventus, AC Milan and Inter Milan.

The announcement has drawn widespread criticism from those within football and beyond, including from governing body UEFA and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Johnson said yesterday that the proposed new league - which would have no promotion or relegation - could be 'very damaging' for football and pledged his support to the football authorities.

He added: "The clubs involved must answer to their fans and the wider footballing community before taking any further steps."

Premier League champions Liverpool are also set to join the closed league.

UEFA released a joint statement with the governing bodies of football in England, Italy, and Spain, alongside the Premier League, Serie A, and La Liga.

The strongly worded statement read: "UEFA, the English Football Association and the Premier League, the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) and La Liga, and the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) and Lega Serie A have learned that a few English, Spanish and Italian clubs may be planning to announce their creation of a closed, so-called Super League.

"If this were to happen, we wish to reiterate that we - UEFA, the English FA, RFEF, FIGC, the Premier League, La Liga, Lega Serie A, but also FIFA and all our member associations - will remain united in our efforts to stop this cynical project, a project that is founded on the self-interest of a few clubs at a time when society needs solidarity more than ever.

"We will consider all measures available to us, at all levels, both judicial and sporting in order to prevent this happening. Football is based on open competitions and sporting merit; it cannot be any other way."

UEFA and the respective governing bodies have slammed the proposal.

"As previously announced by FIFA and the six Confederations, the clubs concerned will be banned from playing in any other competition at domestic, European or world level, and their players could be denied the opportunity to represent their national teams.

"We thank those clubs in other countries, especially the French and German clubs, who have refused to sign up to this.

"We call on all lovers of football, supporters and politicians, to join us in fighting against such a project if it were to be announced.

"This persistent self-interest of a few has been going on for too long."

The statement concluded: "Enough is enough."

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