Mourinho fired by Tottenham 6 days before cup final

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FILE - In this Friday, April 16, 2021 file photo, Tottenham's manager Jose Mourinho looks on during the warm up session before the English Premier League soccer match between Everton and Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park in Liverpool, England. A person with knowledge of the situation says Tottenham has fired manger Jose Mourinho. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the decision has not yet been made public by Tottenham. Mourinho took over in November 2019. His firing comes with seventh-place Tottenham outside the Champions League places but with a League Cup final against Manchester City on Sunday, April 18, 2021. (Peter Powell/Pool via AP, File)

LONDON – If the ending came earlier than usual for Jose Mourinho, the manner of it was all too familiar.

Dressing-room apathy and growing disillusionment at his tactics cost Mourinho his latest job in the English Premier League, with Tottenham firing the Portuguese coach on Monday after 17 months at the London club.

That’s Mourinho’s shortest spell at a club since he broke into the big time as a slick and self-confident coach of Porto at the start of the century.

Unusually for a man who has been a serial winner of trophies ever since, Mourinho leaves north London without having captured any silverware — also a first since those days at Porto.

That could have changed on Sunday, when Tottenham plays Manchester City in the English League Cup final at Wembley Stadium.

Mourinho won’t now get that chance.

“Jose and his coaching staff have been with us through some of our most challenging times as a club,” Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy said in a statement announcing the departure of Mourinho, whose contract was due to run until the end of the 2022-23 season.

“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.”