Financial reasons were behind Tottenham sacking Jose Mourinho on Monday, according to Paul Robinson.
The former White Hart Lane number one, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the club would be required to pay the 53-year-old an increased severance package had he have been dismissed after League Cup glory.
Spurs announced on Monday that Mourinho and his staff had been “relieved of their duties” following a run which yielded just one win in six.
The timing of the decision came as somewhat of a surprise given that Spurs face Manchester City in the League Cup final on Sunday.
The Mirror claim ‘The Special One’ will receive a £16million severance package as a result of his dismissal.
Robinson is adamant the figure would have been much higher had Mourinho led Tottenham to cup success and then been sacked.
“It is a massive payout for anybody but it is the lesser of two evils,” he told Football Insider.
“The cynical side of you thinks if Spurs finished in the top six and won the League Cup, was the pay-off going to be even more?
“You only have to look at Conte at Chelsea. He won a trophy, got a pay-off and then sued the club for unfair dismissal because he fulfilled his remit of winning a trophy.
“If Jose won the League Cup and finished in the top six he could argue that he fulfilled his remit and what he was employed to do. There could have been more financial repercussions if they kept him on another week.
“With Spurs seventh and no trophy in the cabinet, let’s just say the pay-off is a lot less than it could have been.”