Thomas Tuchel has admitted during a press conference on Monday ahead of Chelsea’s clash against Brighton that he was surprised at Tottenham Hotspur’s decision to sack Jose Mourinho – with the Carabao Cup final just six days away.
Mourinho leaves Tottenham having failed to beat Everton on Friday night, leaving them in seventh place and five points off the top four of the Premier League. Liverpool, Chelsea and Everton all have games in hand over Tottenham in the race for fourth.
Having managed 86 games in total at Spurs, Mourinho clocked up 44 wins but just six days before Sunday’s Carabao Cup final – Mourinho has been given the sack. Ryan Mason has been confirmed as taking training on Monday afternoon.
Given the lack of time before a cup final, Tuchel admitted he was not expecting to see Mourinho sacked and expressed his sadness to see the Portuguese veteran lose his job – stating that it is always sad to see a fellow manager lose his job.