Jose Mourinho Walks away with £20m severance package after Tottenham sack, with Julian Nagelsmann favourite to take over


Jose Mourinho has been axed by Tottenham, days before the Carabao Cup final
With the club set to miss out on the top four, Mourinho was dismissed on Monday

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Tottenham are seventh in the Premier League and five points adrift of fourth

RB Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann is the early favourite to replace Mourinho

Mourinho’s sacking comes just hours after Tottenham joined the Super League

He is expected to walk away with a compensation package of up to £20million

Tottenham have sacked Jose Mourinho with the club on course to miss out on Champions League football next season – although he is still set to walk away with up to £20million in compensation.

Mourinho, 58, replaced Mauricio Pochettino in November 2019 but has now been dismissed after a dismal Premier League campaign and failure in the Europa League.

The bombshell axing comes less than a week before Tottenham are set to take on Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley

A statement read: ‘The Club can today announce that Jose Mourinho and his coaching staff Joao Sacramento, Nuno Santos, Carlos Lalin and Giovanni Cerra have been relieved of their duties.’

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.’


Julian Nagelsmann 7/2

Brendan Rodgers 5/1

Ledley King 9/1

Massimiliano Allegri 10/1

Steven Gerrard 12/1

Scott Parker 12/1

Rafa Benitez 14/1

Nuno Espirito Santo 14/1

Gareth Southgate 16/1

Maurizio Sarri 16/1

Diego Simeone 20/1

Graham Potter 20/1

Roberto Martinez 20/1

Mauricio Pochettino 25/1

Tim Sherwood 100/1

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Sportsmail understands that Mourinho leaves with significantly less than the widely purported £30m compensation package he was said to be due.

Sources have claimed that his package will not go over £20m due to performance-related clauses in his contract linked to European qualification and his £10m-per-season salary.

Mourinho will be placed on gardening leave by Tottenham despite his dismissal, meaning Spurs will continue to pay him as normal until he finds new employment.

As a result of Spurs’ poor league position, Mourinho is effectively not entitled to his full compensation. Spurs are seventh in the Premier League, five points off the final Champions League place, currently occupied by West Ham.

Initial indications that Mourinho was earning £15m per season are said to be exaggerated.

His basic wage is closer to £10m, which significantly decreases his severance deal.

It has been claimed that coaches Ryan Mason and Chris Powell are set to take the reins for the rest of the season.

The club confirmed that Mason will take charge of first-team training today.

The search has now begun for a permanent successor to Mourinho – with an appointment expected this summer.

RB Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann has been identified as the favourite to take over.

Tottenham have been long-term admirers of Nagelsmann, who is widely deemed as one of the most talented young coaches in world football.

It is believed that Naglesmann, who is only 33, was under consideration for the Spurs hotseat after Pochettino’s departure in 2019, although Mourinho was later handed the job.

Leipzig will not allow Nagelsmann to leave this summer, however, without receiving a compensation package worth £17m.

Former Manchester United and Real Madrid coach Mourinho’s last game in charge at Tottenham came in the 2-2 draw against Everton on Friday.

Despite Harry Kane’s leveller at Goodison Park, the dropped points dealt a major blow to their hopes of securing a spot in the Champions League.

Sources have claimed that the underwhelming display proved to be the final straw.


Tottenham are languishing in seventh place in the Premier League standings, five points adrift of fourth, and Levy has now pulled the trigger.

Harry Kane paid tribute to Mourinho after the news broke and wished him well.

‘Thank you for everything boss,’ Kane wrote. ‘A pleasure to have worked together. I wish you all the best for your next chapter.’

The cup final next weekend represents a chance for Spurs to lift silverware for the first time since their triumph in the same competition in 2008.

Mourinho will no longer be in charge for it, though, with little tangible progress made over the last season and a half.

He could only guide Tottenham to a sixth-placed finish during his first campaign in charge, albeit after taking over halfway through with the team languishing in 14th.

This term has been a step back, with the north London outfit knocked out of Europe in humiliating fashion by Dinamo Zagreb and reeling from other poor results.

Spurs talisman Harry Kane wished Mourinho well on Twitter after the news broke of his sacking

Mourinho is pictured with his wife Matilde Faria (right) and daughter Matilde Mourinho in 2014

Gareth Bale (left) has been lambasted by Mourinho at points this season as tension mounted
Mourinho’s final weeks at the helm were marred by swipes in the press and constant criticism of his own players.

For the first time in his managerial career, Mourinho was made to suffer 10 league defeats in a single season.

The on-field misery also saw Tottenham drop 20 points from winning positions this season. No other top-flight club has lost more when leading.

His options to take up another top job are likely to be dwindling after his latest sacking, having now been shown the exit door four times in England.

With Chelsea (twice), Manchester United and now Tottenham all choosing to axe him, Mourinho is sure to be running out of choices.

He has enjoyed great success in Italy, Spain and Portugal, so could be forced to take a job in one of those countries and move away from England

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