Jose Mourinho was sacked by Tottenham on Monday morning, three days on from their 2-2 draw at Everton.
Harry Kane scored 20 minutes from time to secure a point for Spurs after Gylfi Sigurdsson’s double. It’s a result which leaves Spurs five points adrift of the top four and only one clear of eighth-placed Everton, who have a game in hand.
Ancelotti, Moyes, Rodgers… now Mourinho
BBC Sport’s Phil McNulty made an intriguing observation after the news broke. He noted that three other big-name managers had been sacked after failing to win at Goodison Park.
Current Everton boss Ancelotti was dismissed by Chelsea after a 1-0 defeat on Merseyside on the final day of the 2010/11 season. Former Toffees manager David Moyes also saw his Manchester United tenure come to an end in April 2014 after an unhappy return. Eighteen months later, a 1-1 Merseyside derby draw was the last straw for Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool.
This led McNulty to label Goodison Park ‘a bit of a graveyard for managers’.
Some Everton supporters felt that reflected badly on the club, whereas others took it more positively. One pointed to the similar example of Leicester, who inflicted decisive losses on both Mourinho and Frank Lampard at Chelsea.
Everton fans react after Mourinho joins list of Goodison casualties
“After some of the teams who have won at Goodison this season, it should be”
“Is that a sign, well if you can’t even beat Everton then you’re gone”
“Just shows that everyone expects to beat Everton! :-(“
“Well if you can’t beat us, you deserve the sack”
“Happens against Leicester too. I’d consider it a compliment. We’re the measuring stick for retaining their grip on the top spots.”
“That’s why they don’t want us in the #europeansuperleague“
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