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'It's bizarre': Former Tottenham star questions one aspect of Mourinho dismissal

The writing appears to have been on the wall for some time when it comes to Jose Mourinho, but one former Tottenham man was surprised the club didn’t hold off a little longer.

In a statement on Monday morning, Tottenham confirmed that Mourinho, along with his coaches Joao Sacramento, Nuno Santos, Carlos Lalin and Giovanni Cerra, had been dismissed.

That came just days ahead of the Carabao Cup Final against Manchester City, a match that could have seen Mourinho bow out with his first piece of silverware as Spurs boss.

While Murphy does not necessarily believe a positive result at Wembley would have kept Mourinho in a job, he feels the decision could have a destabilising effect in the run-up to a massive game for the club.

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Speaking on talkSPORT, the former Liverpool and Fulham midfielder said: “The timing is bizarre.

“You can talk about the style of play and how well they should have done with the squad they’ve got, but ultimately they’re a week away from the final they can win, which means a trophy and they have still got a chance to make the top four.

“So the timing of it is bizarre, for me. At any club I’ve been at where they’ve changed manager, it takes a week or two to bring stability.

“I don’t think supporters would be up in arms going, ‘Oh he’s won us the League Cup, keep him, keep him. keep him’, but I am really surprised by the timing of it.

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“They’ll have a plan, I don’t think Daniel Levy and the hierarchy will make a decision like that and will not know what to do, they’ll be a plan in place.

“But a week before a final… Jose Mourinho, for all his criticism, he knows how to win finals and he knows how to set up a team to win knockout games, and now he’s not going to get the chance.”

Mourinho was sacked after 17 months in charge, with his team sitting seventh in the Premier League.

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