Alan Hutton has admitted he is gobsmacked Jose Mourinho is set to take charge of Roma so soon after being sacked by Tottenham.

The former Spurs defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested Daniel Levy would be thrilled to save millions after putting the Portuguese boss on gardening leave.

As confirmed on Tuesday, Mourinho is set to take charge of Roma when Paulo Fonseca steps down at the end of the season.

As revealed by Football Insider last month, the Portuguese boss and his coaches rejected an £8million severance fee when sacked.

The quintet were instead placed on gardening leave, meaning they would still be paid their full salaries until they found new jobs.

Hutton admitted he could not believe the Portuguese boss had found a new job so swiftly.

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However, he insisted Spurs would be thrilled to get him off gardening leave.

“Amazing, unbelievable,” Hutton told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge.

“Two weeks out a job and then bang, there’s Roma? Unbelievable. What a result for Levy.

“I’m pretty sure he was on gardening leave so that was a lot of money they’d have had to have paid until he got another job.

“It’s worked out well in the end.” 

Mourinho was on a contract worth £12.5million-a-year, plus performance-related add-ons.

He had two years left on the deal when he was axed by Tottenham.


Spurs are still hunting Mourinho’s successor, with Ryan Mason currently in interim charge.

The former Spurs player has won both Premier League games in charge so far, though he did suffer defeat in the League Cup final.

In other news, Tottenham snubbed a £300,000 deal for player they bought for eight-figure fee.