Tottenham Hotspur attacker Son Heung-min has described working with Jose Mourinho as a “pleasure,” following Spurs’ decision to sack the Portuguese chief, writes the football.london.
Mourinho was relieved of his duties at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Monday morning following an indifferent run of results, the latest of which saw Spurs play out a 2-2 draw with Everton at Goodison Park on Friday evening.
That draw left Spurs five points shy of the top-four with six games of the season remaining, meaning their top-four aspirations hang in the balance.
Over the weekend, it was understood that there was a growing feeling within the club that Mourinho would not be in charge next season, a hunch that has since, of course, come true.
Former Spurs midfielder Ryan Mason has been placed in temporary charge and will oversee all first-team matches until the end of the season, starting with Sunday’s Carabao Cup final against Manchester City.
After striker Harry Kane became the first Spurs player to break their silence on Mourinho’s exit earlier today, Son has now followed suit, taking to social media to thank Mourinho and wish him all the very best for the next chapter in his career.
“I have no words to describe how I’m feeling,” Son wrote on his Instagram page. “It’s been a pleasure to work with you.
“I’m sorry things didn’t work out and truly grateful for the time we’ve had together.
“Good luck and all the best for the future.”
Son was one of the biggest benefactors of Mourinho’s arrival at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in November 2019, taking his game to a whole new level in an attempt to help Spurs try and end their trophy drought.
But despite his individual showings under Mourinho, it has not been enough to stop the former Chelsea and Manchester United boss from losing his position in north London.
On the decision to sack Mourinho, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy said in a statement: “Jose and his coaching staff have been with us through some of our most challenging times as a Club. “Jose is a true professional who showed enormous resilience during the pandemic.
“On a personal level I have enjoyed working with him and regret that things have not worked out as we both had envisaged.
“He will always be welcome here and we should like to thank him and his coaching staff for their contribution.”