Chris Powell appointed interim assistant coach at Tottenham Hotspur in the wake of Jose Mourinho departure

Tuesday 20th April 2021

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR have appointed former Charlton Athletic manager Chris Powell to form their temporary coaching staff until the end of the season.

The club sacked Jose Mourinho after just 17 months in charge yesterday morning, despite sitting in seventh-place in the Premier League table.

However, the news of the former Chelsea and Manchester United boss losing his job came within hours of the news that Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur – without a League title success since 1961 – announced proposals to join a European Super League along with clubs in Italy and Spain.

The north London club announced that former player and Academy coach, Ryan Mason, 29, will take charge as Interim Head Coach for the remainder of the season.

Mason will be joined by Powell and Nigel Gibbs as interim assistant head coaches and Michel Vorm as interim goalkeeping coach.

Spurs legend, Ledley King, will continue in his role as assistant.

Powell, 51, was manager of Charlton Athletic between January 2011 and March 2014, taking charge of 161 games when the Addicks won 66 games, drawn 43 and lost 52, with a 40% win percentage at The Valley.

Powell played for Crystal Palace, Aldershot, Southend United, Derby County, Charlton Athletic (three spells), West Ham United, Watford and Leicester City, making 768 appearances during his career.

In a statement, Chairman Daniel Levy said: “We have great belief in this squad of talented players. We have a cup final and six Premier League games ahead of us and we shall now focus all our energies on achieving a strong finish to the season.”

Tottenham Hotspur host Southampton in the Premier League on Wednesday night (18:00) before playing league leaders Manchester City in the League Cup Final at Wembley Stadium on Sunday 25 April (16:30).

All games are being played behind closed doors.

All six English clubs announced late on Tuesday night that they have withdrawn from the proposed European Super League due to condemnation from their supporters'.

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