Long-term relationship? Spurs leave out Mourinho ‘break clause’

Spurs did not include a break clause in Jose Mourinho’s contract when they brought him to the club as manager, according to reports.

The Portuguese coach is coming under increasing pressure from some of the fan base after a run of poor results.

Tipped as possible title contenders earlier on in the season by some pundits, Tottenham now find themselves ninth in the Premier League and only two points ahead of arch-rivals Arsenal.

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Only three wins in their last 12 Premier League matches means Spurs are 17 points behind leaders Manchester City with 15 matches to go.

Mourinho has guided them to the final of the Carabao Cup and the last-32 of the Europa League but they crashed out of the FA Cup to Everton last week.

It is the four defeats in their last five Premier League matches that has particularly ramped up the pressure on Mourinho  but The Athletic journalist David Ornstein claims that there is ‘no suggestion the club are considering replacing him’.

And that both Spurs and Mourinho seem to be in it for the long term as The Athletic reckons that ‘the contract he signed in November 2019 does not include a break clause’.

That means if Spurs wanted to change manager at some point then Mourinho ‘would be entitled to a significant payout’.

Speaking after Tottenham’s defeat to City over the weekend, Mourinho questioned the scheduling of the fixtures, he said: “This was a very special week where we played Wednesday and Saturday. I honestly don’t know why because, if I’m not wrong, Man City don’t play Tuesday or Wednesday in the Champions League. Our game in the Europa League is on Thursday.

“Why did we play on Saturday when could play Sunday? But there is no point going in that direction.”


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