Pundit claims 'something was in place' for Mourinho before Tottenham sacking

Noel Whelan has suggested Jose Mourinho had already agreed to take charge of Roma before being sacked as Tottenham boss.

The former Premier League striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the 58-year-old’s departure from Spurs was in the best interest of all parties.

Roma confirmed on Tuesday the Portuguese boss would replace outgoing manager Paulo Fonseca at the end of the season.

The former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss had only been dismissed by Tottenham two weeks before his move to Italy was announced.

As revealed by Football Insider last month, Mourinho and his coaches rejected an £8million severance package form Spurs and were instead placed on gardening leave.

As a result, Tottenham were still paying their wages, with the manager’s worth £12.5million-a-year.

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However, Whelan has suggested Mourinho may have had already agreed to move to Roma before his exit.

Whelan told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “Strange things happen in football. You’re never surprised, are you?

“Especially with Jose Mourinho, you can never write him off. It seemed like something was in place before he’d even left the club. 

“That was best for both parties, it wasn’t happening at Tottenham. He lost a lot of the players there and they were playing boring football.

“It looks like everyone’s in a happier place right now.” 

Mourinho left Spurs with the club sitting seventh in the Premier League table.

The Lilywhites have won both league games, against Southampton and Sheffield United, under interim boss Ryan Mason.

However, the former Spurs star was unable to guide the club to glory in the League Cup final.

In other news, Football Insider pundit has warned Tottenham against making “disastrous” managerial appointment.