Tottenham Hotspur chairman, Daniel Levy has today opened up on why he sacked Jose Mourinho as the club manager two days ago, saying the coach was planning to shuffle some key players in spurs ahead of Premier League clash with Southampton today evening.
Duncan Castles, a football analyst disclosed that Mourinho wanted to rest the players because of the Tottenham League cup final against Manchester City on Sunday at Wembley, but Levy kicked against his decision which led to his sack.
Mourinho was sacked on Monday by Tottenham, just 17 months after he took over from Mauricio Pochettino.
Castles said, “What is particularly painful for him [Mourinho] is being prevented from the opportunity to end Tottenham’s 13-year trophy drought having got them to the League Cup final against Manchester City [on Sunday],” Castles said on The Transfer Window Podcast.
He added, “I can tell you from the information that I have from people close to Mourinho that ahead of that game, he talked to Daniel Levy.
“He explained that he intended to rest two or three of his most-used players for the Premier League game against Southampton in order to get the team in the best possible condition for the League Cup final.
He continued, “My information is that Levy had told him ‘no, I want you to play the strongest team possible against Southampton because league position is more important than winning that cup’.
“The people close to Mourinho think that was more of a provocation from Levy that he had decided he was going to change manager, the castle continues.
He concluded, “Tottenham’s view is that they want the best finish to the season, and that is why they got rid of him.”