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Jose Mourinho arrives at his home in London yesterday with a boot-full of his office belongings. Photo by Reuters/Toby Melville

Jose Mourinho arrives at his home in London yesterday with a boot-full of his office belongings. Photo by Reuters/Toby Melville

Jose Mourinho arrives at his home in London yesterday with a boot-full of his office belongings. Photo by Reuters/Toby Melville

Jose Mourinho was sacked by Tottenham yesterday following chairman Daniel Levy’s decision to accelerate the appointment of a new manager – prompted by the interest in young German coach Julian Nagelsmann from Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich.

Mourinho was told by Levy that he was to be removed from his position and his contract compensation activated at the club’s training ground in Enfield at around 10.15am. The 58-year-old had arrived around 8am as normal and was not aware that his exit was imminent until moments before he went into the meeting.

Levy had made the decision over the weekend following the 2-2 draw with Everton on Friday night that left Spurs with one win in their past five league games and in reaction to the news that Bayern head coach Hansi Flick would not lead the club next season.

It makes Nagelsmann, 33, the obvious candidate for Bayern. As the RB Leipzig man is the preferred option it made sense to Levy to get the process under way to replace Mourinho. Other possible contenders include England manager Gareth Southgate and his Belgium counterpart Roberto Martinez. The club admire Fulham manager and former player Scott Parker. So too Swansea City manager Steve Cooper.

It was a dramatic day in which many Spurs players, including Harry Kane and Son Heung-min, learnt the news from media reports. Both players responded by thanking him on social media, as others kept their counsel.

The decision was made by Levy on a calculation that a bounce under caretaker managers Ryan Mason and Chris Powell, promoted from the academy, in the final six league games could still earn the club a top-six finish and a place in Europe next year. That would offset the compensation payable to Mourinho which is estimated to be around 18 months’ worth of salary – £16m – given the current position of seventh. 

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