Simon Jordan’s theory on why Tottenham sacked Jose Mourinho before League Cup final as he likens situation to Antonio Conte at Chelsea

Simon Jordan has given his view on why Tottenham sacked Jose Mourinho before the League Cup final.

The Portuguese coach was relieved of his duties after 17 months in charge on Monday, just six days before they bid for a first trophy in 13 years against Manchester City at Wembley.

Mourinho failed to win over the Tottenham fans or board
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While Spurs have struggled in the Premier League this season – they currently sit seventh in the table – the timing of Mourinho’s dismissal surprised many, including former midfielder Danny Murphy.

But former Crystal Palace owner Jordan believes Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy may have made the call to avoid a problem like Chelsea had when they axed Antonio Conte.

Conte was shown the door by Chelsea, with 12 months left on his contract, after guiding the Blues to FA Cup glory in May 2018.

But having achieved trophy success, the Italian launched an unfair dismissal claim and won – costing Chelsea millions.

And Jordan reckons Mourinho could have done the same to Tottenham if they had won the League Cup with him in charge.

Jordan told talkSPORT: “Tottenham didn’t fancy him any more, irrespective of what happens on Sunday.

“So if they won the League Cup, I still think Tottenham would have dismissed Jose Mourinho.

“Why would you do it before then? I look at Daniel Levy and I look at [Tottenham owner] Joe Lewis and I think if Mourinho wins that cup then he would have done effectively what he was brought in to do, which was to win something.

Conte was dismissed despite winning the FA Cup in his final season in charge of Chelsea

“If they fired him then, not only would he get his contract paid off, is there a possibility, like Antonio Conte, that he would then sue Tottenham for unfair dismissal? On the basis that he had done precisely what he was brought in to do.

“Conte did sue Chelsea. Not only did he get the money he was owed by Chelsea for the rest of his contract irrespective of the fact he was working for someone else… he also got another big bag of money.

“My feelings looking at the animals that are involved is that there’s a possibility that winning the League Cup means nothing to Tottenham.

“It means less than getting rid of Jose Mourinho and not having to pay him any further money as a result of him achieving something he was brought in to do, which was to win a piece of silverware.”

Tottenham, meanwhile, have confirmed that academy coach and former player Ryan Mason will be interim head coach until the end of the season.

Mason, who was forced to retire from football in 2018 due to a serious head injury, will face his first test when Spurs host Southampton on Wednesday evening, LIVE on talkSPORT from 6pm.

Source: Sport

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