Fears that up to ten players could leave the club this summer led to Chairman Daniel Levy deciding to sack Jose Mourinho as Spurs’ manager.
The Portuguese left the club on Monday and former player and academy coach Ryan Mason has been put in temporary charge until the end of the season.
In particular, Levy was concerned about the futures of harry Kane, Dele Ali and Gareth Bale, all of whom are rated highly by the North London club. Levy hoped to see all three play together in a dream front line, but the latter two were marginalised under Mourinho.
Meanwhile, the prospect of Kane demanding a move away from the club has become the subject of increased speculation, despite the striker remaining under contract until 2024.
Ultimately Levy decided that too much was at stake and Mourinho had to go, even though the timing, on the eve of the Carabao Cup final, still looks questionable.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.