Jose Mourinho had brutal four-hour talks with Tottenham squad after Daniel Levy sacking

Tottenham: Press gather outside Mourinho's home after sacking

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Jose Mourinho sat down with the Tottenham squad for over four hours after being sacked and was brutally honest in his opinion of their recent performances, according to new reports. Daniel Levy axed Mourinho as Spurs boss on Monday.

Mourinho was in charge at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for 17 months but paid the price for a huge slide in form in 2021, despite the north Londoners having a Carabao Cup final to look forward to this Sunday.

Since losing at home to Liverpool on January 28, Spurs have lost eight of 18 matches to crash out of the FA Cup and the Europa League.

They led 2-0 against Dinamo Zagreb but suffered a 3-0 second leg defeat to crash out of the Europa League at the last 16 stage.

And in the Premier League, having been billed as title contenders in December, they have slipped outside of the top four and face a battle to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

The Portuguese tactician paid the price and according to Telegraph Sport, was informed he would be dismissed on Monday afternoon.

Mourinho offered to leave immediately or pack up his office but after gathering his belongings, sat down for over four hours with the Spurs squad, the report claims.

It is said the former Chelsea and Manchester United manager had several home truths for members of his first-team squad, with whom he had been strongly publicly critical in the final weeks of his tenure.

Mourinho was in talks with Spurs chiefs for two hours before being removed from his position and then held lengthy talks with the players, who will be managed by Ryan Mason until the end of the season.

The fractious relationship between Mourinho and his players is said to have reached a nadir after the Europa League loss to Dinamo Zagreb in Croatia on March 18.

So much so, the atmosphere around their Hotspur Way training ground was said to be tense from then on and several players were even afraid to display any happiness in front of their boss.

In Mason’s first match as Spurs boss on Wednesday evening, the north London outfit won 2-1 thanks to Son Heung-min’s late penalty, after Gareth Bale had cancelled out Danny Ings’ header.

The result leaves them two points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea having played one match more than the Blues.

Tottenham now look ahead to Sunday’s Carabao Cup final against league leaders Manchester City at Wembley, Pep Guardiola’s side having lifted the trophy in all of the past three seasons.

Mason is sweating on the fitness of talismanic striker Harry Kane, who missed the match against the Saints with an ankle knock sustained against Everton last Friday.

The interim boss said to Sky Sports pre-Southampton: “It’s difficult, we are still not sure yet, we’re taking it day by day.

“The hope is that he might be on the [training] pitch by the end of the week. But, like I say, at the moment it is a day-by-day thing.”

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But Mason, the youngest Premier League manager of all time at 29, has been given the vote of confidence by Kane as Spurs look to end a 13-year trophy drought at the weekend.

The Spurs striker tweeted about his fellow academy graduate on Wednesday afternoon: “Having come through the academy together I know how much it will mean to @RyanMason to take charge of the team for the rest of the season.

“We’ll give him everything we’ve got for these next seven games.”

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