Jose Mourinho was in no rush to leave Spurs’ training ground on Monday after being told that his services were no longer required at the North London club.
After spending two hours speaking to Spurs’ chiefs regarding his dismissal, Jose Mourinho decided to gather his squad together and give his brutally honest opinion of recent performances.
The Telegraph reports that Mourinho spent four hours delivering a series of ‘home truths’ to the first-team squad after his relationship with a number of senior players became strained in recent months.
It had previously been reported that Spurs centre-forward Harry Kane was the only player who remained loyal to Mourinho right to the very end of his spell at the club.
Former midfielder Ryan Mason will take interim charge of Spurs until the end of the season and he got off to the perfect start on Wednesday night, when he oversaw a comeback victory over Southampton.
“I don’t know what went on before over there,” Mason said of the dressing room under Mourinho.
“All I can take is what the group have been like in the past 24 hours and they’ve been supportive and they’ve come in and they’ve wanted to work and they’ve listened and that’s all I can ask for.”
Mourinho did not shy away from publicly criticising certain players during his time at Spurs and those players reportedly got an earful from the 58-year-old after his departure was confirmed.
Mason admitted that he hadn’t spoken to Mourinho after taking the reins from the Portuguese coach while Spurs have already started the process of finding a permanent replacement.
“No I didn’t get the opportunity,” Mason said.
“Obviously it all happened so fast for me in the morning yesterday so I didn’t have the opportunity.
“Listen, he’s been a great manager and has been a great manager for a very long time and I wish him all the best for the future.”
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