The ‘ship’s sailed now’ for Mourinho in the PL – Carragher

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Jamie Carragher

Jamie Carragher doubts Jose Mourinho will be seen in charge of another Premier League club ever again after his sacking at Tottenham.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy took the decision on Monday to fire the Portuguese boss after their 2-2 draw against Everton saw their hopes of Champions League football next season diminish.

Mourinho had publicly criticised some of his players in recent weeks, while many fans had become unhappy with their style of play under the former Chelsea and Manchester United boss.

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And Carragher doesn’t think another top Premier League club would ever take a punt on Mourinho again.

“I don’t see Mourinho back in the Premier League, I think that ship’s sailed now,” Carragher said on Sky Sports. “I struggle to think of any club – he’s been at Spurs, so he’s not going to Arsenal, he’s been at United so he’s not going to City, Liverpool wouldn’t have him.

“Would he go to a middle of the table club? I just don’t see him there, I really don’t. It’s either international football or maybe Italy. The Italian champions this year will be Inter Milan, with Antonio Conte, who plays his type of football – so maybe you can get away with it a little bit more in Italy, because it was certainly a turn-off for Spurs supporters.

“I couldn’t see light at the end of the tunnel for Spurs. My argument was, was winning the Carabao Cup for Spurs supporters enough to keep Jose in a job, looking to the future?

“I always thought, keep him until the cup final, he’s great in one-off games, maybe not as much now, but I think Spurs have got less chance of winning now, and Pep Guardiola will be pleased when he sees that.

“Unless the players have gone to Daniel Levy and the feeling inside the club is that bad that they actually feel they do have more chance of winning at the weekend. Or Daniel Levy felt that if he won that cup it would make it more difficult to move him on.”

Meanwhile, fellow pundit Graeme Souness can only imagine Mourinho lost his job because of unrest in the Tottenham dressing room.

“I’m surprised, the timing is most unusual with a cup final on the horizon,” Souness added.

“Something has gone on to bring this all to a head, I don’t think Jose would have been terribly happy with the way league form was going.

“To second guess what’s happened, Jose is an experienced manager and he has become so frustrated with the players. When you’ve tried everything, you end up having harsh words with them and falling out with them.

“News of unrest in the dressing room then gets back to the decision makers at the club and then there is only one outcome, and that is for the manager to go.”