Daniel Levy has confirmed that Tottenham Hotspur have sacked interim head coach Cristian Stellini following their “wholly unacceptable” loss to Newcastle.
The 48-year-old was part of Antonio Conte’s staff at Tottenham Hotspur and stepped into the head coach’s job on a temporary basis when his fellow Italian was sacked at the end of last month.
He only lasted four games, though. Ex-Spurs player Ryan Mason has been appointed as his successor on a short-term basis after an embarrassing 6-1 loss at Newcastle ended Stellini’s short reign.
Spurs are now outsiders in the race for a Champions League place and sit six points adrift of Manchester United, who they host on Thursday night, having played two more games.
Stellini, in his first managerial role, had overseen just one win in his four games in charge – a 2-1 victory over Brighton.
Spurs could only manage a draw away to relegation-threatened Everton and were beaten by a late Bournemouth goal last weekend before Sunday’s humiliation at St James’ Park.
The Magpies ran riot, racing into a five-goal lead inside 21 minutes, with Levy acting on Monday evening to remove Stellini from his post.
“Sunday’s performance against Newcastle was wholly unacceptable. It was devastating to see,” he said in a statement.
“We can look at many reasons why it happened and whilst myself, the board, the coaches and players must all take collective responsibility, ultimately the responsibility is mine.
“Cristian will leave his current role along with his coaching staff. Cristian stepped in at a difficult point in our season and I want to thank him for the professional manner in which he and his coaching staff have conducted themselves during such a challenging time. We wish him and his staff well.
“Ryan Mason will take over head coach duties with immediate effect. Ryan knows the club and the players well. We shall update further on his coaching staff in due course.
“I met with the Player Committee today – the squad is determined to pull together to ensure the strongest possible finish to the season. We are all clear we need to deliver performances which earn your amazing support.”
Mason, 31, previously took over when Jose Mourinho was sacked in 2021, winning four of his seven games at the helm, which included a 1-0 Carabao Cup final defeat to Manchester City.
He became the youngest manager in Premier League history and has once again been tasked with steadying the ship as Spurs try to salvage something from their season.