Jose Mourinho says Frank Lampard’s sacking at Chelsea demonstrates the brutality of modern football management.
Club legend Lampard was relieved of his duties just 18 months into the job after a run of one win in five Premier League games left the Blues 11 points behind leaders Manchester United.
Lampard won three Premier League titles with Chelsea as a player under Mourinho, who expressed his sadness at the news before admitting it is a reality managers are always dreading.
“I am always sad when a colleague loses his job,” Mourinho said, “Frank is not just a colleague, he is an important person in my career, so I feel sorry he did (get sacked).
“But it is the brutality of football, especially modern football, so when you become a manager you know that sooner or later it is going to happen to you.”
Late Spurs relief at Wycombe
Harry Winks has scored two goals in his last nine games for Tottenham in all competitions, as many as he had in his first 151 appearances for the club
Mourinho comments came after Spurs’ survived a scare at Wycombe to book an FA Cup fifth-round tie away at Everton.
Spurs looked like being taken to extra-time by the Championship strugglers as they missed a host of chances to kill the game after Gareth Bale’s goal had cancelled out Fred Onyedinma’s surprise opener for Wycombe.
Even the introduction of Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son could not do the trick until the final five minutes when a Harry Winks strike and a quickfire Tanguy Ndombele double sent Mourinho’s men through.
The late goals came as a welcome relief for Mourinho, whose side are back in Premier League action on Thursday when champions Liverpool visit north London.
There were just 72 seconds between Harry Winks giving Tottenham the lead and Tanguy Ndombele making it 3-1
“I knew that the game was going to be difficult – we started…