Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy offered Jose Mourinho and his coaching team an £8million severance package before they were sacked, Football Insider can reveal.
Spurs wanted to avoid a situation where Mourinho and his backroom staff continued to draw their wages until they secure new jobs.
A Tottenham source has told Football Insider that Levy’s £8m combined offer to Mourinho and his coaching staff Joao Sacramento, Nuno Santos, Carlos Lalin and Giovanni Cerra was “rejected out of hand”.
The quintet have instead been placed on gardening leave following Monday’s decision to sack them.
It means they will still be paid their full salaries by Tottenham until they land new jobs.
Mourinho’s predecessor Mauricio Pochettino had benefitted from a similar arrangement and continued to be paid in full by Spurs before he was appointed the new Paris Saint-Germain manager at the turn of the year.
Mourinho and his coaching staff had more than two years to run on their contracts when they were sacked.
Those deals, signed in November 2019, were due to run until the summer of 2023.
Mourinho was one of the highest-paid managers in the Premier League at Tottenham.
His contract was worth a basic £12.5million-a-year plus performance-related bonuses, one of which included Champions League qualification.
There is the possibility Spurs could end up paying him a remarkable £25m, but that is believed to be unlikely.
Mourinho has said he wants to return to management, and a new job would end Tottenham’s financial responsibility to him.