Mills: This is when Tottenham may sack Mourinho amid break clause reveal

Jose Mourinho will not be sacked by Tottenham before the end of the season and winning the League Cup may be the only way he can save his job, according to Danny Mills.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former England defender, who won the League Cup with Middlesborough in 2004, insisted Spurs’ league position and premature Europa League exit are inexcusable.

The Athletic reported last month Mourinho’s contract, which expires in 2023, does not have a break clause.

This means he will be entitled to a huge pay-off if Daniel Levy decides to replace him before it expires.

Spurs’ season went from bad to worse on Thursday night when their 3-0 loss to Dinamo Zagreb dumped them out of the Europa League at the Round of 16 stage.

They are 26 points off runaway leaders Manchester City in the league meaning their Carabao Cup final with Pep Guardiola’s side in April is their only hope of ending the season with any silverware.

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Asked for his assessment of Mourinho’s future, Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “I think he’ll be there until the end of the season.

“The Carabao Cup is absolutely crucial. If he wins that he can say ‘I’ve won you a trophy, that’s what I was brought in to do.’ Does that mean they’ve been successful? I think winning a Carabao Cup doesn’t mean you’ve been successful but it doesn’t mean you’ve failed. It sits in that grey area in between.

“We all know the league position and being knocked out of the Europa League at this stage is not good enough.

“But if you win that trophy you sort of go ‘Does that create a winning mentality that we can build on next year?’

“If they lose that, then his job is in jeopardy.”

In other news, Tottenham have made moves to terminate the contract of a big-name star.