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Jose Mourinho was sacked by Tottenham after a “player revolt”, with star man Harry Kane and club captain Hugo Lloris “unhappy”.
The Portuguese boss was shown the door by Daniel Levy as Spurs sit seventh in the Premier League with Chelsea, Liverpool and West Ham ahead of them in the Champions League race.
In a statement announcing the 58-year-old’s departure, the owner said that he had “regret” over the decision.
But The Sun have reported that it was an uprising in the dressing that finally pushed Mourinho out the door.
Several players had a meeting with Levy to complain about the manager’s methods, having gone seven of their last 20 league games.
While players had “bitten their lip” at the manager’s treatment of the squad, they ran out of patience when he laid into the squad for their Europa League round-of-16 embarrassment against Dinamo Zagreb.
Spurs went into the second leg 2-0 up but conceded three goals in Croatia after extra time.
But the turning point came for Levy when “Mourinho loyalists”, who are believed to include Kane and Lloris, were voicing concerns.
It did not stop the forward from sharing a kind message to the departing boss on Twitter.
The Englishman said: “Thank you for everything Boss. A pleasure to have worked together. I wish you all the best for your next chapter.”
While strike partner Son Heung-Min wrote: “I have no words to describe how I’m feeling, it’s been a pleasure to work with you, I’m sorry things didn’t work out and truly grateful for the time we’ve had together. Good luck and all the best for the future.”
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Mourinho’s sacking comes just days before Spurs take on Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley.
The Portuguese manager won 44 of his 86 games in charge at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
But their hopes of a title are limited to the league cup, having been knocked out of the FA Cup while they are 24 points off the top of the table.
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