Here’s all the news from around the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium over the past 24 hours.
Cost of sacking Mourinho
Jose Mourinho’s future at the club is in doubt following Tottenham’s embarrassing Europa League exit at the hands of Dinamo Zagreb on Thursday night.
A second leg collapse saw Mislav Orsic complete his hat-trick with a fine solo run and strike in extra-time and with it, Spurs were out.
Whether or not that means Mourinho will be sacked remains to be seen, but if Spurs Chairman Daniel Levy does want to pull the trigger and fire his manager then it will be a costly decision.
First we need to evaluate how much Mourinho’s contract is worth, and when he joined it was on a reported £15 million-a-year deal, with that contract due to run until the summer of 2023.
It is also understood that he does not have a break clause in that deal, so, if Levy were to pull the trigger, he would have to pay the Portuguese in full.
Any move to relieve the Portuguese boss from his position would involve Tottenham buying out the manager’s contract and that would equate to a figure in the region of £34.8million, or £30million if it came at the end of the season, going by the reported figures.
Joe Hart has sent an apology to Tottenham fans following a post on his Instagram account after Thursday night’s 3-0 defeat in the Europa League.
Following the defeat against Dinamo Zagreb, a number of supporters had noticed that the goalkeeper had posted the message “job done” with a tick emoji on Instagram, before it was swiftly deleted.
Clearly unhappy about the message given the manner of the defeat, Hart took to his account again to issue an apology on behalf of his social media team in a short video.
“Morning guys, I feel like I need to come on and make an apology on behalf of my social media team,” he explained. “It has just been brought to my attention, I’ve literally just woke up, that someone thought that we’d won 3-0 last night.
“As sloppy as it sounds, it’s the truth.
“That’s unacceptable and I’m sure it’s annoyed a lot of people and I’m sorry it’s come to that.”
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Tottenham tipped to beat Aston Villa
Former Liverpool, Manchester United, and Newcastle United striker thinks Tottenham will bounce back from their Europa League exit against Aston Villa on Sunday.
“Tottenham looked shell-shocked after their defeat to Dinamo Zagreb on Thursday,” Owen said in his preview blog for BetVictor. “Spurs hit a decent run of form recently, so it will be really frustrating for their fans to see them go so off the boil.
“Villa are a decent side. We all know how good they can be.
“However, they blow hot and cold a bit too often and for that reason I think Jose Mourinho will get a reaction and a win at Villa Park.”