Harry Kane was shocked to see Jose Mourinho sacked ahead of the EFL Cup final against Manchester City and learned of the decision just five or 10 minutes before the official announcement.
While the English striker had seen Mauricio Pochettino sacked and admitted that the Portuguese knew the dangers of taking over at Tottenham, he did not expect this decision which came just six days before the final.
The England captain, however, praised interim coach Ryan Mason and is confident his friend can lead them in winning the trophy against Citizens.
“I was surprised – I will be completely honest,” Kane told Sky Sports about Mourinho’s dismissal.
“I came that morning and probably heard about it five to 10 minutes before the official announcement was made.”
“A lot of attention was paid to the Carabao Cup final and the preparation for it. But, look, it’s football. “I have been here now where two coaches have been fired.”
“As a player now, I do not think you ever expect the boss to be fired, but it is part of the game, you have to deal with it.”
“I have had a great relationship with Jose, I wish him all the best for any of his future work.”
“We have a big final to prepare now and we are looking forward to it. Ryan has been brilliant. “It must have been strange for him.”
“I thought he did extremely well; how he handled the whole situation, he treated the boys and obviously his first victory against Southampton was a massive moment.
“Ryan and I are good friends, we have known each other for a long time, on and off the field we are really close.”
“I am praying that he has this opportunity and has the experience to manage one of the best clubs in the world. “We hope we can try to win on Sunday and experience a really special moment together,” Kane added. /Telegraph/