Sport Gary Lineker and Spurs fans pile in after Mourinho axed by Tottenham
With a trophy and top-four in sight, Spurs' season is on a knife edge
Little more than six months ago, Tottenham were celebrating what may yet prove to be the high water mark for Jose Mourinho's tenure, with six goals on a triumphant return to Old Trafford.Six goals on a triumphant return to Old Trafford and Manchester United languished in 16th, as doubts swirled around the future of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The door hadn't even had time to swing shut behind Jose Mourinho at Tottenham's training ground when social media started piling in on the nature of his Spurs sacking.
Amid a relentless stream of outrage over plans to form a European Super League, where Tottenham would be a founder member, the north London club announced Mourinho's sacking on Monday just six days from the Carabao Cup final.
Match of the Day host Gary Lineker, a former Tottenham player, crowned Mourinho 'the first of the European Super League manager to lose their job' while another amusing take saw a reference to Tottenham's partnership with Dulux.
Roy Keane and Jamie Redknapp clash on Sky Sports duty AGAIN over Spurs
Jamie Redknapp and Roy Keane were involved in another tense war of words on Sky Sports' Super Sunday programme talking about Tottenham's decline from title challengers. Redknapp's former club Spurs take on Keane's old employers Manchester United in Sunday's Premier League action and both Sky Sports pundits were present in north London for build-up of the game. The argument between the pair started during a debate at the beginning of the programme about a potential softness in this Tottenham side, with Keane saying there has been a fragile side to Spurs 'over the last 40 years'.
They announced Dulux as their official paint sponsor with pictures of the Dulux Dog at Tottenham's stadium.
But the Dulux Twitter account responded to remarks from fans bemoaning their fortunes on the pitch by mocking the club, including joking about selling an empty trophy cabinet.
But the majority of themes in the responses to the news from Tottenham supporters themselves were in reference to the club's grossly unpopular Super League plans.
'The last 24 hours have been embarrassing,' one fan raged on Twitter. 'You have turned us into a banter club.'
Paul Pogba re-opens his bitter feud with old Man United boss Mourinho
Pogba was stripped of the United vice-captaincy by Mourinho in September 2018 in front of his team-mates and the pair had a training ground bust-up shortly afterwards that was picked up by TV cameras. Mourinho was sacked three months later and replaced by Solskjaer, who is aiming to win his first silverware as United boss in the UEFA Europa League.Speaking to Sky Sports, Pogba was scathing in his view of Mourinho, saying: 'What I have now with Ole is different, he wouldn't go against the players. He wouldn't go against the players.
Another was pleased to see the back of Mourinho but the Super League meant joy was very much short-lived.
'17 months after most others would have sacked him,' they wrote. 'Can we play some positive football now? *until we get kicked out the league for joining this European rubbish'.
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Another fan said the timing of Mourinho's sacking ruined his birthday.
'What an awful birthday present,' they said. 'Didn't think you could be any more Spursy. First you support this selfish league out of pure greed (we're not even European elite anyway) then you sack Jose less than a week before the final.
'I don't think I could be more disappointed in you.'
There were, of course, those fans willing to taunt Mourinho who has always been a polarising figure towards supporters at rival clubs.
Tottenham SACK Jose Mourinho days before Carabao Cup final
Mourinho, 58, replaced Mauricio Pochettino in November 2019 but has now been dismissed after a dismal domestic 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. © Provided by Daily Mail Jose Mourinho has been sacked as Tottenham manager just days before the Carabao Cup final 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.
An Arsenal fan responded to the news with a picture of Mourinho's infamous rant when the pressure was on at Manchester United, where he held up three fingers to represent the three Premier League title wins he has to his name.
But here, it was being used against him with the tweet saying: 'How many PL clubs have sacked you Jose?' in reference to his other departures from Chelsea and Manchester United
Tottenham announced Mourinho's exit just six days before the Carabao Cup final against Manchester City at Wembley.
Chris Powell and Ryan Mason have replaced Mourinho as Spurs manager from now until the end of the season.
RB Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann and Leicester's Brendan Rodgers are among the early contenders to replace Mourinho at Spurs.
José Mourinho makes the most of his free time .
The Portuguese football coach was sacked by a third consecutive Premier League club on April 19th following a run of dismal results with the north London side.The Portuguese football coach, 58, was sacked by a third consecutive Premier League club on April 19th following a run of dismal results with the north London side, despite guiding them to Sunday's Carabao Cup final.