Tottenham were keen for Jose Mourinho to stop criticising his players, something may have been in part responsible for his sacking, according to the Athletic.
Mourinho was relieved of his duties on Monday morning during an extraordinary 24-hour period in which Spurs confirmed their participation in the new European Super League.
Talk of the controversial breakaway competition dominated the conversation on Monday, so much so that Mourinho’s departure took a backseat on the news agenda.
But the Athletic have published a tell-all story that includes some of the reasons Mourinho was sacked.
And one of those reasons was particularly interesting.
It is believed Mourinho was asked by the club to stop criticising his players, a habit the former Manchester United manager clearly wasn’t been able to break amid a string of bad performances.
His attitude combined with poor results obviously contributed to his downfall, as did – according to report – his boring training sessions and hesitance to focus on attacking football.
Mourinho’s assistant, Joao Sacramento, is also said to have been unpopular among the players.
With all of that in mind, it would make sense for Spurs to hire a more positive and progressive manager to replace Mourinho.