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Jose Mourinho labels Tottenham decision to sack him 'strange'

Jose Mourinho has told Sky Sports that he found it strange that he was sacked by Tottenham Hotspur ahead of the Carabao Cup final last season.

Mourinho is set to lead Roma in the first ever Europa Conference League final this season. Of course, he left his last role before being able to take charge of the previous final he qualified for.

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His turbulent Tottenham spell ended less than a week before Spurs contested the Carabao Cup final with Manchester City. The timing was perhaps a bit of a surprise. But it did seem that the writing was on the wall for the Portuguese in North London.

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He looks to be enjoying his time with the Giallorossi. Ahead of the upcoming final, he reflected on the decision from the Tottenham hierarchy to sack him just before they faced City at Wembley.

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“Every time I speak with some English journalist or at a press conference I always come with the joke, I qualified for the final, I hope not to be sacked this time,” he told Sky Sports.

“It’s something that doesn’t happen to many coaches. This time I cannot say I am a privileged one because it happened to me.

“I don’t have regrets or bad feelings, lots of nice people at Tottenham and I wish them the best – even to Mr. Levy.

“But a guy with my career and my history, I think it was something strange to happen. But in the end it opened the door for me to be in Rome and I’m very happy to be in Rome.”

Tottenham proven right with decision to sack Mourinho

When Tottenham appointed Mourinho, it appeared to be an exciting gamble. They had such a brilliant time under Mauricio Pochettino. And Mourinho looked to be one to potentially take them across the line and win trophies.

Harry Kane described him as a ‘fantastic’ manager.

Unfortunately, that did not prove to be the case.

Appointing Nuno Espírito Santo did not appear to be a step in the right direction. But that then led to Antonio Conte coming in. And clearly, Spurs now seem to be back on track.

They have been outstanding since the Italian came in. And there really is a sense that they could achieve something special while he is in charge.

So ultimately it is hard to argue with the decision to sack Mourinho – or the timing.

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