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19th Apr 2021

Fans react as Mourinho is sacked by Spurs hours after ESL announcement

Danny Jones

Jose Mourinho’s spotty 18-month spell at Spurs comes to an end on the day the ESL is announced. Fans react all over social media

It’s fair to say that Jose Mourinho’s time at Tottenham has been turbulent, to say the least. The legendary Portuguese manager came to the club with hopes of resurrecting his steadily declining career but, as per an official announcement, it has been confirmed that Jose and his coaching staff have been “relieved of their duties”.

Understandably, fans and neutrals alike have been shocked by the sudden news and although not entirely unsurprising, it comes in the midst of a huge footballing flashpoint and with a Carabao Cup final looming.

Twitter has been awash with commenters questioning not only the timing of the decision but how it fits into the wider narrative surrounding the announcement of the European Super League:

While Jose has always been a divisive manager, it seems that many people have rallied behind the very plausible suggestion that the 58-year-old has taken a clear stance against the formation of the ESL and Tottenham’s part in it. There’s nothing like mass outrage at continued capitalist greed to unite football fans.

Some have seen the funny side, of course – clearly channelling that ‘serial winner’ mentality that Mourinho looks to instil at every club he decides to take on. However, there’s no Porto/Inter-type underdog story that comes with a closed-shop ‘Super’ League that includes the so-called ‘Big Six’.

Nevertheless, what would usually have been the biggest story in footballing that day will be largely overshadowed by the tremors from the ESL announcement and it’s still likely that Jose’s departure won’t be the only one we hear about today.

Make no mistake, this is a huge day in footballing history and we expect the sub plots in this ever-unravelling story will run and run and run…