Tottenham have sacked acting head coach Cristian Stellini following Sunday’s embarrassing loss at Newcastle.
Spurs were thumped 6-1 at St James Park at the weekend to leave the club’s Champions League hopes hanging by a thread.
And chairman Daniel Levy has decided his position is untenable following talks earlier on Monday.
Stellini, who was Antonio Conte’s No 2, was placed in temporary charge of the team after the Italian’s departure last month.
But Stellini has joined Conte in having left the club.
‘Sunday’s performance against Newcastle was wholly unacceptable,’ Levy wrote in a statement on Monday night.
‘It was devastating to see. 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, who is a coach under Stellini, is understood to have significant support of Spurs’ players to take the team until the end of the season.
Mason, 31, will take the reins for a second time having also acted as interim head coach in 2021 following the sacking of Jose Mourinho.
‘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,’ Levy’s statement continued.
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