Danny Mills has claimed Tottenham sacked Jose Mourinho to avoid paying out a potential £10million bonus for winning the Carabao Cup.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-England and Man City defender admitted the timing of the Portuguese’s departure was “horrific” with less than a week to go before the Carabao Cup final.
Football Insider revealed Mourinho and his coaching staff had rejected Daniel Levy’s £8million severance package offer.
Instead, he and his staff have been placed on gardening leave by the club and they will continue to pick up their salaries until they find another job.
“The timing’s horrific just before the cup final,” Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“I have a theory, it wouldn’t surprise me if Mourinho had a big bonus to win a trophy.
“Daniel Levy or whoever made the decision is looking at it and thinking ‘Mourinho may be on £5million or £10million to win a trophy and we’re going to sack him at the end of the season. So, you know what, rather than having to pay that out because there’s a chance they might win it, let’s get rid now. Let’s get him out and save that £5million or £10million bonus, just in case.’
“He was going to be gone at the end of the season. This isn’t like when Mauricio Pochettino got sacked and Mourinho was lined up and literally as Pochettino walked out of the door and Mourinho walked in the other door.”
Spurs face Man City at Wembley on Sunday with a great chance to win their first trophy in over a decade.