Jose Mourinho’s departure from Tottenham means “a cloud has been lifted” from the training ground, according to Noel Whelan.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Premier League striker claimed he expected to see more attacking football under interim manager Ryan Mason now “the shackles are off”.

Mason’s time in charge got off to a winning start on Wednesday night when Tottenham came from behind to beat Southampton 2-1.


Gareth Bale scored Spurs first goal and told Sky Sports after the game he felt they had to be on the front foot more and be more attacking.

“A cloud’s been lifted from that training ground at Tottenham,” Whelan told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge.

“You’ve got a big personality who’s argumentative with other big personalities.

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“You’ve got players there who have been frozen out and not given opportunities. Players that most clubs would love to have in their squad and changing room.

“They are an attacking side. You look at the player’s they’ve got, the majority of them are attacking. They’re explosive and it looks like they’ve been held back for a year and a half that Jose was there for.

“He’s a very negative manager, somebody who likes organisation but doesn’t play that free-flowing football that Tottenham play. They’ve always been enjoyable to watch. 

“It’s a case where they’ve been held back by the shackles but now I think the shackles are off and they can really start expressing themselves under Ryan Mason.”

Tottenham face Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final on Sunday as they look to secure their first trophy in over a decade.

Harry Kane did not take part in training on Friday and remains a major doubt for the game.

In other news, Kieran Maguire has dropped an astonishing £1.5bn Tottenham reveal after contract signed.