Tottenham Hotspur have announced the sacking of interim coach Cristian Stellini on Monday, following a humiliating 6-1 defeat to Newcastle United that has put the London side's top-four hopes in jeopardy.
Assistant coach Ryan Mason, who previously took over as interim coach after Jose Mourinho's departure in April 2021, will once again step in as head coach with immediate effect.
Stellini had replaced fellow Italian Antonio Conte last month when Conte had to miss several games due to gallbladder surgery. During his brief tenure, Stellini guided Spurs to wins over Manchester City, West Ham United, and Chelsea.
However, the defeat to Newcastle United at St James' Park was a turning point, leaving Spurs six points behind Newcastle and Manchester United, despite having played more games.
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy expressed his disappointment with the team's performance in a statement, calling it "wholly unacceptable" and taking responsibility for the situation. The club continues its search for a permanent manager as well as a director of football after Fabio Paratici's resignation earlier this month.
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Several names have been linked with the vacant managerial position at Tottenham Hotspur, with former Bayern Munich coach Julian Nagelsmann being the bookmakers' favourite. Vincent Kompany, who has led Burnley back to the Premier League this season, Feyenoord boss Arne Slot, and former Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers are also in the running.
Meanwhile, British media have reported that former Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is in talks to join London rivals Chelsea as their new manager.
Tottenham Hotspur's next match will be a home game against Manchester United on Thursday, as they look to bounce back from their recent setback and keep their top-four aspirations alive in the Premier League.