Some Tottenham players ‘celebrated’ when they discovered Jose Mourinho had been sacked, according to Sky Sports News reporter Michael Bridge.
Mourinho was relieved of his duties earlier this week after a torrid final few weeks in charge of Spurs, in which the team crashed out of Europa League and saw Champions League qualification all but slip away.
Interim manager Ryan Mason led the team to a much-needed victory over Southampton on Wednesday night, and now a top-four finish is back within sight – though it will be difficult.
In any case, Tottenham arguably now have a better chance of reaching the Champions League than they did when Mourinho was in charge, such was the level of toxicity in the dressing room.
That toxicity was illustrated by the fact that, according to Bridge, a few members of the squad celebrated the news of Mourinho’s departure in the gym.
However, Bridge claims five senior players were not among those happy to see Mourinho go – in fact, they were apparently ‘sad’ to him sacked.
Those players are said to be Harry Kane, Son Heung-min, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Eric Dier and Lucas Moura.
It makes sense that those five weren’t openly positive about Mourinho’s exit, given that all of them were regulars in the team under the Portuguese coach.
Even Dier, who had lost his place in recent months, returned to the line-up just before Mourinho left.