Mourinho 'first Super League manager to lose their job': Social media reacts to Tottenham firing Jose

Laurens: Mourinho is finished as a club manager (1:13)

Julien Laurens believes Jose Mourinho is no longer a viable choice for top clubs after his time at Spurs. (1:13)

Even within a 24-hour period in which football began tearing itself apart over the proposed breakaway Super League, somehow Jose Mourinho still managed to regain the spotlight on Monday when he was sacked by Tottenham Hotspur.

On what must go down as one of the most hectic Monday mornings ever in the game, Spurs announced that they were parting ways with their Portuguese manager after just 17 months in charge.

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Intriguingly, the club stated that Mourinho and his staff had been "relieved of their duties," rather than the usual, more reciprocal talk of the coach leaving the club by mutual consent.

Mourinho's shock departure comes just six days before he was due to lead Spurs into the Carabao Cup final at Wembley (stream LIVE at 11:30 a.m. Saturday on ESPN+ in the U.S.).

The announcement was the culmination of possibly the most eventful 12 hours of the club's history, coming as it did hot on the heels of Spurs confirming their intended place in the Super League.

The Super League news wasn't seismic enough in its own right, with shell-shocked players and fans struggling to come to terms with the ramifications of a dozen of Europe's biggest clubs simply removing themselves from the equation.

There was also plenty of scoffing as to how "super" the Super League would actually be in reality, especially given some of the weekend's results.

Plenty poked fun at Spurs too, joking that a club might not warrant a place among the world's elite having not won anything of note since the 2007-08 League Cup or a league title in quite a bit longer than that.

With less than 12 hours separating the two bombshells, it's perhaps understandable that fans were left feeling perplexed at the chaos that had just been unleashed. Indeed, some were left wondering whether the two stories -- Tottenham signing up for the Super League and Mourinho jumping ship -- were related in some way.

Of course, it's far more likely that Tottenham's decidedly underwhelming performances under Mourinho this season played a larger part in chairman Daniel Levy's decision to fire the manager.

Spurs are seventh in the Premier League having picked up just two points from their last three league games, as well as having won just one of their last six games in all competitions -- a dire run that also saw them knocked out of the Europa League by Dinamo Zagreb last month.

Mourinho has lost 13 games over the course of the 2020-21 campaign, which is more defeats than he's ever suffered in a single season during his entire management career.

Not including his short spell in charge of Leiria and Benfica early in his career, the Spurs job is the first which former Porto, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Manchester United manager Mourinho leaves without winning a trophy.

Nevertheless, some felt it was harsh to sack Mourinho just hours after the Portuguese had become the first manager in Spurs history to qualify for the Super League.

Still, it's difficult to feel too much sympathy for Mourinho missing out on a Super League adventure, especially given that his vast contract with Spurs means the 58-year-old is set to receive yet another lucrative severance package.

Coaching duo Ryan Mason and Chris Powell could take over as caretaker managers at Tottenham until a suitable, Super League-ready replacement for Mourinho is sourced.

At this rate, Spurs may have to look outside of the usual suspects for a new boss capable of steering the club into their brave new global franchise era.

Sources have told ESPN that Mason and Chris Powell are likely to be appointed on an interim basis until the end of the season. Given what has happened over the past day, who knows what could transpire between now and then.