Four moments that spelled end for Mourinho at Tottenham after being sacked

Jose Mourinho's time at Tottenham is over after Daniel Levy sacked the Portuguese coach after 17 months in charge.

During his time, Spurs have seen a noticeable decrease in form and they battling for a European spot in the Premier League.

Though, what that actually means right now is up in the air considering the latest news.

Just hours prior to Mourinho's dismissal, Tottenham agreed to join a newly-founded European Super League, along with 11 other clubs.

For whoever takes charge in north London, they will have to undergo a job that no one else has ever done before.

But where did it go wrong for Mourinho? Here are the four moments The Special One that spelled the end.

West Ham bottle-job

After going 3-0 up against West Ham after 15 minutes, you would think the three points were in the bag.

And if that scoreline was still true with just eight minutes left of the match – again, you would be forgiven for thinking the result is as good as done.

But not at Tottenham when the Hammers suddenly turned the game completely on its head back in October.

Fabian Balbuena's 82nd-minute header got David Moyes' men back into the action before Davinson Sanchez scored an own goal just three minutes later.

With seconds left, Manuel Lanzini unleashed an unstoppable shot at goal that saw West Ham lose their minds and Spurs lose two points – as Mourinho looked on shuddering.

Solskjaer's kids

There was once a time when Mourinho was the master of the press conference, easing under his fellow manager's skins and winning the war before a ball had been kicked.

Those days appear to be very much in the past after The Special One completely lost his cool after a tongue-in-cheek comment made by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

After jovially insisting his own son would not be fed if he went down the way Heung-min Son did when Scott McTominay caught him with a flailing arm, Mourinho had one of his more bizarre rants.

On Solskjaer's claim, he said: "First of all, let me tell you something. I'm very, very surprised that after the comments that Ole made on Sonny, you don't ask me about it.

"Because – and I told Ole already this because I met him just a few minutes ago – if it's me, telling that player A, B or C from another club, if it was my son I wouldn't give him dinner tonight, what would be the reaction of that?

"It's very, very sad. I think it's really sad that you don't ask me about that. It's sad you don't have the moral honestly to treat me the same way as you treat others.

"In relation to that, I just want to say that Sonny is very lucky that his father is a better person than Ole. I am a father. I think as a father you have always to feed your kids. Doesn't matter what they do. If you have to steal to feed your kids, you steal.

"I'm very, very disappointed. As we say in Portugal, bread is bread and cheese is cheese. I told Ole already what I think about his comments and I'm very disappointed that in five, six, seven questions you ignore the dimensions of that comment."

North London Derby

If there is one match every Spurs fan wants to win – it is against Arsenal.

Of course, that cannot happen every time but what they want to see is at least some effort when taking on their local rivals.

That was never prevalent last month when the Gunners made light work of Tottenham in a 2-1 win, which saw them come from behind to plant a telling win over their London neighbours.

Mourinho came in for some heavy criticism for his largely negative tactics, which seemed to play right into Mikel Arteta's hands as they overwhelmed Tottenham time and time again.

Erik Lamela was also sent off during the contest after handing Kieran Tierney off in the face and picking up a second yellow card in the process.

It gave Mourinho something ammunition as he looked to employ his classic deflection tactics in his post-match press conference – except Tottenham fans were not buying it.

He said: "Trying to be honest and pragmatic: the first half was their half. The second half: Michael Oliver and Paul Tierney, the VAR. They decided the game."

Europa League misery

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  • Perhaps the real death knell for Mourinho's time at Tottenham begun when they were sent packing in the most humiliating of circumstances in the Europa League.

    After winning the first leg 2-0 at home against Dinamo Zagreb, the second leg was tipped as a relatively simple trip to Croatia and progress to the next round.

    But with 30 minutes left, Mislav Orsic grabbed one back… and then another with eight minutes to go – forcing the game to extra-time.

    And the 28-year-old completed his hat-trick after the restart for the second-half of the extended period, sending Tottenham players to the floor in disbelief and shock.

    The full-time whistle must have marked the lowest moment in Mourinho's career – a man renowned for his ability to get the best out of his players witnessing a complete implosion.

    The only surprise is that it took Levy a further month and a day to sever ties with the former United, Chelsea and Real Madrid manager.

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