Jose Mourinho and Daniel Levy allegedly clashed over the former Tottenham manager’s plans to rest several key players tonight against Southampton, a disagreement that would later lead to the Portuguese’s dismissal earlier this week. Spurs’ hopes of a top-four finish virtually evaporated last Friday following the 2-2 with Everton at Goodison Park.
Yet despite another poor performance, Mourinho remained confident he would get the chance to manage Spurs in the League Cup final.
Upon his arrival at the club in November 2019, Mourinho vowed to deliver silverware.
However bad Tottenham’s Premier League form may have been, he still felt he deserved to lead the team out in the final at Wembley.
But, according to journalist Duncan Castles, Mourinho and Levy failed to see eye-to-eye when the former Spurs boss outlined his plans to rest players tonight for this weekend’s final.
“The people close to Mourinho think that was more of a provocation from Levy that he had decided he was going to change manager.
“People close to Mourinho if he hadn’t of used that, he would have used something else to provoke him and manufacture his dismissal.
“Tottenham’s view is that they want the best finish to the season and that is why they got rid of him.”
Mourinho refused to comment when asked by Sky Sports outside his Battersea home if he was frustrated he didn’t get the chance to manage Spurs for the final.
Reporters with close links to Tottenham have made it clear that Mourinho’s sacking was purely based upon results.
Ryan Mason was confirmed as interim boss until the end of the season yesterday and will take charge of his first game tonight against the Saints.
Harry Kane is set to miss the match after rolling his ankle following an unfortunate collision with Richarlison.
There is still faint hope that he may be fit to play against City, although there is every chance he may need injections to do so.