Wayne Rooney beat up former boss Jose Mourinho “crazy” and admits the timing is “strange” just six days before Tottenham’s final Carabao Cup showdown against Manchester City
- Wayne Rooney has criticized Tottenham for firing manager Jose Mourinho
- According to Rooney, Tottenham could have waited until after the Carabao Cup final
- Derby boss Rooney played under Mourinho when he was at Manchester United
Wayne Rooney has described Tottenham’s decision to sack Jose Mourinho less than a week before the Carabao Cup final as “insane”.
Mourinho was sacked on Monday and Tottenham, who temporarily signed Ryan Mason, were preparing for Sunday’s final against Manchester City.
Rooney, who played under Mourinho at Manchester United, described the Portuguese as one of the best managers in football history and expressed confidence that he would “bounce back”.
Wayne Rooney says it’s “crazy” that Tottenham manager has fired Jose Mourinho
Rooney played under Mourinho at Manchester United and is confident he will bounce back
As reported by BBC Sport, Rooney said, ‘Crazy to do it before a cup final. Strange timing. Could have waited. Fantastic manager. One of the best the game has ever seen. I am sure it will bounce back. ‘
Rooney played under Mourinho at United in the 2016/17 season, winning the Europa League and the League Cup.
According to Rooney, Spurs could have waited until after the Carabao Cup final before making a decision
After being named Tottenham boss in November 2019, Mourinho was responsible for sixth place in the Premier League last season while leaving with the club in seventh place.
Tottenham were knocked out of the Europa League by Dinamo Zagreb in dramatic circumstances, while they were also beaten by Everton in the FA Cup.
Although they face Southampton in the Premier League on Wednesday, Tottenham will mainly focus on the Carabao Cup final if they have the chance to win their first cup since 2008.
This is the first time Mourinho has left a club as a manager in English football without having won a trophy.
It will be fascinating to see how the 58-year-old goes next to show that he can still be a successful manager at the highest level.
RB Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann and Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers are both associated with the job in Tottenham.