While few would have been shocked had Jose Mourinho left Tottenham in the summer, the timing of his departure raised eyebrows with a Carabao Cup Final against Manchester City just days away.
With just one win in their last five Premier League matches, Spurs were languishing in seventh at the time of Mourinho’s dismissal, five points off the top four.
The misery has been compounded by a calamitous 3-0 Europa League defeat against Dinamo Zagreb.
As dismal as results and performances have been, Mourinho was still just 90 minutes away from potentially landing his first silverware for the club, and Simon Jordan has as theory as to why he wasn’t given that opportunity.
“So if they won the League Cup, I still think Tottenham would have dismissed Jose Mourinho.
“Why would you do it before then? I look at Daniel Levy and I look at (owner) Joe Lewis and I think if Mourinho wins that cup then he would have done effectively what he was brought in to do, which was to win something.
“If they fired him then, not only would he get his contract paid off, is there a possibility, like Antonio Conte, that he would then sue Tottenham for unfair dismissal? On the basis that he had done precisely what he was brought in to do.
“Conte did sue Chelsea. Not only did he get the money he was owed by Chelsea for the rest of his contract irrespective of the fact he was working for someone else… he also got another big bag of money.
“My feelings looking at the animals that are involved is that there’s a possibility that winning the League Cup means nothing to Tottenham.
“It means less than getting rid of Jose Mourinho and not having to pay him any further money as a result of him achieving something he was brought in to do, which was to win a piece of silverware.”
Ryan Mason has replaced Mourinho in the dugout on an interim basis, with the former Spurs midfielder becoming the youngest manager in Premier League history at the age of 29.