Respected journalist Duncan Castles has claimed that Jose Mourinho and Daniel Levy fell out over team selection for the Carabao Cup final before the Portuguese boss was dismissed.
Mourinho was releived of his duties earlier this week. It brought an end to another topsy-turvy managerial spell for Mourinho, who has had his critics and fans in equal measure while at Spurs.
Numerous reports have claimed differing reasons behind why Levy and Mourinho eventually decided to part ways. However, speaking on his podcast this week, Castles claims that team selection brought things to a head.
Castles claims Mourinho wanted to rest key players this evening against Southampton, in anticipation of playing his best team in the Carabao Cup final this weekend. However, Levy was said to have pressed Mourinho into picking his best team, with the Spurs supremo valuing top four placement over trophies.
That is said to have been the final straw for Mourinho, who is said to have told Levy he doesn’t need a coach anymore then.
TBR View: Nothing is surprising with Mourinho, he was always going to clash with Levy
As soon as Mourinho was appointed, there was always going to come a point where he and Daniel Levy would clash. And that time has come this week it seems.
Levy has obviously built Spurs into a global economic force but if he wanted Mourinho in charge, he needed to simply leave him to his job.
Of course, Mourinho is a divisive character anyway. But chairmen and owners shouldn’t be trying to influence team selections. It will, then, be interesting to see what Ryan Mason’s first XI is this evening.